Anything can happen during a presidential speech, and President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night was no exception when his crooked tie quickly became a viral punchline.
He urged his listeners to “choose greatness,” but folks at home couldn’t resist to choose jokes about the tie.
Before Trump uttered a word from his podium at the joint session of Congress, his necktie was all the material online jokester needed, and users from the New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman to others couldn’t resist taking their shots.
Instead of jokes about his political positions, it was the tie’s position that appeared to be a key talking point of the evening.
See a sampling of the reactions below.
If I ever go on TV with a tie that crooked, I need y'all to tell me here. Thx. #HeyNext
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) February 6, 2019
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 6, 2019
I can’t with his crooked tie.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 6, 2019
Trump was of course not the only politician to get a taste of the internet’s humor lately.
Following Trump’s prime-time address last month, the jokes came rolling in thick when Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to a single podium to deliver their rebuttal.
Twitter immediately moved in with a harsh meme offensive joking about them awkwardly sharing one podium. Another take? The pair looked like two disappointed parents in the eyes of those watching.
I suddenly feel like I've disappointed my parents. pic.twitter.com/uUn870tQEG
— Aᴀʀᴏɴ Pʀᴜɴᴇʀ (@AaronFlux) January 9, 2019
— 💎 Bella Cigno 💎 (@IsabellaCigno) January 31, 2018
The "Trump clapping for himself" is super-underrated as a presidential move
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) January 31, 2018