- Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts delivered his party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
- Twitter had a field day with his lips, which appeared to glisten excessively as he spoke.
Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts gave an impassioned rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but some people on social media were more interested in his lips.
The edges of Kennedy’s mouth seemed to glisten excessively as he spoke, prompting a near-instant deluge of Twitter memes poking fun at the congressman’s appearance.
Kennedy addressed the Twitter buzz during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
“I decided to go a little bit light on the chapstick this morning,” he said, smiling.
Droolin' Joe Kennedy. They aren't sending their best folks…
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) January 31, 2018
— Ryan Saavedra ???????? (@RealSaavedra) January 31, 2018
Who the hell is Joe Kennedy and what was that stuff he had around his lips? Either way, you can tell he didn't watch Trump's speech tonight because I don't know what the hell he was talking about #waynestake #RealTalk #SOTU
— ????Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 31, 2018
Rubio had his water
Kennedy has his drool
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2018
Did Joe Kennedy just take a dip in Chappaquiddick?
— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) January 31, 2018
Joe Kennedy's drool is Marco Rubio's water bottle.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 31, 2018
And in true Twitter fashion, Kennedy’s lips also spawned a parody account: @JoeKennedyLips.
— Joe Kennedy's Lips (@JoeKennedyLips) January 31, 2018
But while people took aim at his appearance, supporters took note of the substance of his speech:
Seeing a lot of this and frankly, no substantive critique of Joe Kennedy's speech. I think it's fair to say someone finally did well in that unenviable slot. https://t.co/UP5PDvervd
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 31, 2018
Joe Kennedy’s speech was quite good, showing some of the signs of JFK’s oratory and EMK’s passion. And proving why he’s a rising star.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 31, 2018
Joe Kennedy: “The strongest, richest, greatest nation in the world shouldn’t leave any one behind.” #SOTU
— Ryan Knight ???? (@ProudResister) January 31, 2018
During the Democratic rebuttal, Kennedy criticised Trump’s policies, saying the president was “targeting the laws that protect us.”
“Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark,” Kennedy said. “But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defence of their future.”
Watch a clip of Kennedy’s speech:
Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Democratic response to #SOTU: “This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us; they’re targeting the very idea that we’re all worthy of protection. For them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure.” pic.twitter.com/JVEpa2mFjq
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 31, 2018
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