On Monday, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden press conference whose purpose appeared to be convincing the assembled crowd and media that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are great friends in spite of reports to the contrary.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said of McConnell in the joint speech. “We are probably now…closer than ever before and the relationship is very good.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 16, 2017
Twitter, naturally, saw right through it.
CNN’s Daniella Diaz jokingly pointed to Trump and McConnell’s failed “hand-lock” as they exited the stage, tweeting “that hand-lock though” as a caption to the video.
That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though. https://t.co/xFClDYCmdQ
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) October 16, 2017
“Watching Mitch McConnell endure the humiliation of being forced to subjugate himself to Trump on live TV is quite enjoyable,” yet another CNN reporter, Dan Pfeiffer, tweeted.
“Do the police know about a deranged old man holding Mitch McConnell hostage in the Rose Garden?” another mused.
Check out some of the best responses below.
Okay, so trump is literally just standing next to Mitch McConnell, complimenting & praising himself in every single sentence. Such trash.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 16, 2017
The whole Rose Garden press conference could be titled, “The Humiliation of Mitch McConnell.” The U.S. dictator always has these public displays when he wants to teach naughty children a lesson.
— Michele Martindill (@Docsociology4) October 16, 2017
Oh, to hear the Mitch McConnell thought bubble out loud right now….
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) October 16, 2017
Trump has taken everyone & Mitch McConnell into the Rose Garden to tell everyone how much he actually likes McConnell.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 16, 2017
45: I have a "fantastic relationship" with the Senate. "They like and respect me."
Mitch McConnell: Not gonna react. Not gonna react. Aargh! pic.twitter.com/xot06xaeRE
— Cheryl Blackford (@BlackfordBooks) October 16, 2017
Get yourself a man who isn't afraid to hold your hand like Mitch McConnell pic.twitter.com/KEJl9B8kzt
— Katie Leach (@KatieMLeach) October 16, 2017
Trump is a deeply disturbed ignoramus who is a pathological liar, but Mitch McConnell is cool with it cuz tax cuts or something https://t.co/8GwjnD3t9b
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) October 16, 2017
Too bad Mitch McConnell only seems to have one facial expression. I’d love to know if he’s as horrified by this lie as the rest of us are.
— Mary (@mkrMich) October 16, 2017
— Dogald J. Trump (@dogaldtrump) October 16, 2017
— Edan Clay (@EdanClay) October 16, 2017
Live look at Mitch McConnell during this Trump presser. pic.twitter.com/PiDGQHsw6Q
— Gary Emerling (@gcemerling) October 16, 2017
A kid asked me what shamelessness mean – i was lucky to have TV on that showed Mitch McConnell standing next to Trump in Rose Garden
— Wengen (@Wengendude) October 16, 2017
He needed Mitch McConnell's help going up the stairs? My oh My. We might be closer than we think. https://t.co/Tii1392Dor
— JBFletcher (@JBFletcher44) October 16, 2017