While the trove of social media watching President Donald Trump couldn’t help but mock his temper tantrum unfolding in real time on national television, they quickly pivoted to question whether or not Vice President Mike Pence was actually alive during the meeting.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace outright wondered what Pence was on to be so relaxed while the three leaders were going at it. She further wondered where she could score some for herself.
Pence sat nearly motionless for a while, at times even closing his eyes for an extended period. It was then he moved suddenly as if he nodded off and was shaken abruptly awake by the caterwauling around him. It was at that moment Seth Meyers wondered if Pence thought of a good zinger:
Mike Pence JUST thought of a good in-the-room zinger.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 11, 2018
“Thought it was a cardboard cutout of Pence, then he moved, and it’s like ‘It Lives!'” joked Laurie Shade from Ohio. Ron Asher had the same observation, trying to start the hashtag #FlatMike
Thought it was a cardboard cutout of Pence, then he moved and it's like "It Lives".
— Laurie Shade (@LaurieS83) December 11, 2018
So I had pretty much convinced myself that they'd propped up a cardboard cut-out of Mike Pence on that chair next to Trump, then the damn thing moved & scared the crap out of me. #FlatMike@VP #Lurker @realDonaldTrump #PutinsPuppets
— Ron Asher (@rmasher2) December 11, 2018
Edrie Irvine wondered if perhaps the president was a potted plant. Two users suggested a skin-covered paperweight.
What made me laugh during that whole exchange today was how Pence turned into a mute! What a skin bag paper weight.
— Todd.e.k (@toadman14) December 11, 2018
Mike Pence, #pottedplant
— edgery (@edgery) December 11, 2018
Comedian Wanda Sykes joked Pence was clearly trying to burn soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi with his eyes.
My favorite thing about this video is watching Pence trying to incinerate Nancy Pelosi with his eyes. https://t.co/br3SlVfexf
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) December 11, 2018
Check out the best below:
We go live to Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/hWOo3qLemu
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) December 11, 2018
Mike Pence powered down to save electricity pic.twitter.com/TpFpa5mwrt
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) December 11, 2018
He is thinking about bible verses that allow men to stone women for holding positions of power #penceisawanker
— Professor Pompatus (@PompatusProf) December 11, 2018
— Berniecrat🌹🕉☮ (@StopCampfield) December 12, 2018
BECOME ONE WITH THE CHAIR. BECOME ONE WITH THE CHAIR.
— Canucklehead (@GregMcCambley) December 11, 2018
Thoughts of MP pic.twitter.com/U50WYs7xTH
— Bradley (@PvtGen0) December 11, 2018
"Mother told me there'd be days like this."
— Kiera Brown (@KieraBrown8907) December 11, 2018
I feel like 100% of his thoughts lately have been “I can’t wait to be prez” “I can’t wait to be prez” “I can’t wait to be prez” and he not paying attention to shit else
— TW (@twoods210) December 11, 2018
Wow, my feet almost touch the floor in these bigboy chairs.
— LC Herrick (@HerrickLc) December 11, 2018
"God chose him, Mike. God chose him. God is perfect. There's a plan. God chose him."
— Matthew Forbes (@VaughanPappy) December 11, 2018
You guys, be fair. Mike Pence wasn’t sleeping! He was just shutting his eyes and pretending not to be there because a woman was present and Mother wasn’t available to chaperone. pic.twitter.com/u4yWSyX0Og
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) December 11, 2018
Does Mike Pence do? pic.twitter.com/SJcyVFhyHJ
— UnsilentMajority 🖤 (@The_UnSilent_) December 11, 2018
I can’t stop watching this video of today’s Oval Office meeting—it zooms in to Pence with the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song playing in the background. pic.twitter.com/mU2F2O7zkf
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 11, 2018
*MLK bust whispering to Mike Pence:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” pic.twitter.com/JbiJpXYwIF
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) December 11, 2018
What it looks like when the reptilian alien being that controls the Mike Pence skinsuit takes a bathroom break. pic.twitter.com/Dpy08XgqNG
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 11, 2018
Can someone get Mike Pence a fucking Redbull?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 11, 2018
In an administration full of strange moments, the Pence act today really stands out…
To say 'something odd' is truly going behind the scenes would be a vast understatement!
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) December 11, 2018
Is Mike Pence still just sitting there?
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 11, 2018
Yes. Yes, he is.
The statue of Martin Luther King is doing more than Mike Pence in this meeting. pic.twitter.com/0Tj5xCduNP
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) December 11, 2018
George H.W. Bush was more animated at his funeral than Mike Pence was at today's oval office meeting. pic.twitter.com/4h3QTPf2T2
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) December 11, 2018
Pence, today. pic.twitter.com/TDVQuNTIe7
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) December 11, 2018
How many times a day do people snap their fingers in front of Pence’s face to see if he blinks?
Of that number, how many times does he blink? pic.twitter.com/gMBr6acvck
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) December 11, 2018
mike pence has perfected the art of stillness so apex predators won’t spot him pic.twitter.com/CP5GyViqgB
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) December 11, 2018
Oh, come on. That’s easy. Pence is obviously there to hold down the chair.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 11, 2018
Pence’s hamildrop of Wait For It is really anticlimactic pic.twitter.com/Z7rkU2KBRy
— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 11, 2018
NEXT TIME YOU’RE SITTING NEXT TO ME. PENCE CAN MOW THE LAWN. pic.twitter.com/gsLmWZsEQa
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) December 11, 2018
I guess we know where Mike Pence stands on a shutdown. pic.twitter.com/4e9REw9V0j
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) December 11, 2018
TRUMP: 🎶…BABY, IT’S COLD….OUT….SIIIIIIDE…🎶
TRUMP: See? Nothing wrong with it. pic.twitter.com/Np4kweSA8w
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) December 11, 2018
Mike Pence is everyone’s dad today. pic.twitter.com/7g2Ly1janY
— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) December 11, 2018
Pence is trying to levitate small objects with his mind pic.twitter.com/SUTI4kxZdZ
— Jon Christian (@Jon_Christian) December 11, 2018
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 11, 2018
“Maybe if I stay very still and very quiet, nobody will notice I’m complicit.”
— Maggie Koch (@MAKtheknife13) December 11, 2018
"I hope the Russians don't release my emails. Mother will be upset."
— Solid AF (@Herecomepigfeet) December 11, 2018
“I wonder what kind of deal I can make with Mueller to avoid prison time.”
— Lowell Skywalker (@KyLowRen80) December 11, 2018
I'm guessing he's thinking about a poolboy…
— (((Kurt Weldon))) (@KurtWeldon) December 11, 2018
"I'm gonna need a smock and a covfefe after this…"
— JayWhite (@JWaus) December 11, 2018
If a Pence falls in the woods, does it still make a sound?
— Charles St.Clair (@Rothko291) December 11, 2018
"Be vice president, they said. It'll be fun, they said." – Mike Pence's internal dialogue, probably https://t.co/lGJLxECGAJ
— ❄️☃️melody🎄❄️ (@whatmelodywrote) December 12, 2018