The internet was pre-gaming President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address with frustration and annoyance. That was no match for the anger once the speech finally began, however.
Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty recalled the area of the room known as “ass kisser’s alley,” where those who want camera time and a handshake from the president line up. For tonight, count on people like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to be at least one of them. It will be curious to see if any of the three members in the so-called “Pariah Caucus” will be among those reaching for a handshake.
On #SOTU night, the center aisle is informally known as "Ass Kissers' Alley." When I first got to DC, was amazed to see some lawmakers of both parties plant themselves in seats there in the middle of the afternoon, to make sure they were shown on TV as the POTUS enters Chamber. https://t.co/kqi65CO3On
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) February 5, 2019
Activist Jeff Tiedrich noted that the bar for the president was so low we could hardly look at it:
two years into this charade and the bar remains so low for Trump that even if he shits his pants in the middle of the #SOTU our corporate lapdog media will be falling all over each other in a mad dash to declare it a humanizing moment and the most presidential pants-shitting ever
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 5, 2019
Others found it a little inappropriate that a president under criminal investigation probably shouldn’t be delivering an address tonight.
— Tara D'Alesandro Dublin (@taradublinrocks) February 5, 2019
Meanwhile, elected women decided to wear white to signify the suffragette movement. The decision was to celebrate the influence women had in the 2018 election.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) February 5, 2019
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) February 5, 2019
— Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) February 5, 2019
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 5, 2019
Trump’s daughter Tiffany also joined in the movement:
President Trump's daughter Tiffany attends her father's State of the Union address.
— Deena Zeina Zaru 👩🏻💻 (@Deena_Zaru) February 6, 2019
Others in advocacy communities did the state of their own union with regard to their issue. The network Logo did one about the state of the LGBTQ union:
We're here, we're queer, and we ain't going nowhere! @theebillyporter delivers the LGBTQ State of the Union on issues facing the #LGBTQ community, triumphs, setbacks, and looking ahead to 2019. 🏳️🌈✊#SOTU #LGBTQSOTU pic.twitter.com/xdubUj26mD
— Logo 🏳️🌈 (@LogoTV) February 5, 2019
But it was Pelosi that stole the night with her facial expressions:
In summary: pic.twitter.com/62muahA97n
— Patricia Murphy (@1PatriciaMurphy) February 6, 2019
This Nancy Pelosi: EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/FlnybjYDm1
— (@jeonleoo) February 6, 2019
You can read the rest below:
The crooked tie
— Saba Hamedy (@saba_h) February 6, 2019
Full corporate media coverage of #SOTU begins tonight, with an extensive lineup of false equivalence, superficial analysis of optics, and nonstop normalizing of a bigoted sociopath.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 5, 2019
I’m just ready for them to scream “MADAM SPEAKER” #SOTU
— Joe Vesic (@JoeVesic) February 5, 2019
— Pat/R 🌊 (@PatRenfranz) February 5, 2019
— ProvocateurX (@provocateurX) February 5, 2019
Tonight’s #SOTU will be a Propaganda filled hate speech delivered by someone whose entire life is currently under criminal investigation. MAGA.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 5, 2019
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) February 5, 2019
When Trump called it DEEP STATE he was PROJECTING:
Posse Comitatus, Eminent Domain, and National Emergency Declarations — once the scourge of Republicans as the epitome of government overreach — are now their president’s official policy. #SOTU #StateOfTheUnion #TuesdayThoughts
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 5, 2019
Here is the State of the Union:
Russia attacked our country to install Trump, six advisors from his fraudulent campaign have been arrested and Trump’s entire life is under criminal investigation including his campaign, inauguration, foundation, business and White House. #SOTU
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) February 5, 2019
I’m going to channel my inner Bernie and deliver my own response to #SOTU
I’ve got the opening line written already and I think it’s a winner,
“Good evening. My fellow Americans, I’m here to report to you that the state of our union is bumblefucked.”
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) February 5, 2019
— mdtoorder (@mdtoorder) February 5, 2019
Asylum seekers are legal immigrants. Asylum seekers are legal immigrants. Asylum seekers are legal immigrants. Asylum seekers are legal immigrants. Asylum seekers are legal immigrants. #sotu
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 6, 2019
I still want a space force, but for it to actually be Star Trek and totally socialist. #SOTU
— Asher Huey (@asherhuey) February 6, 2019
There have not been 600,000 manufacturing jobs added during Trump's presidency: 12,822,000 as of Jan. 2019, 12,368,000 as of Jan. 2017, an increase of 454.000 jobs. https://t.co/t8HU3Sw2Xq pic.twitter.com/AiE0KGsXkm
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 6, 2019
The record-breaking number of women standing in ovation are Democrats. #sotu
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) February 6, 2019
— People's Action (@PplsAction) February 6, 2019
Trump brags about more women in Congress than ever before, but forgets to say that they're all Democrats.
— Nicole Sandler (@nicolesandler) February 6, 2019
When I tell my wife I changed a diaper. pic.twitter.com/N2ncXAuUb2
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) February 6, 2019
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) February 6, 2019
— DC Debbie aka VOTE BLUE (@DCdebbie) February 6, 2019
Worse than the superbowl and lower scoring.#SOTU
— Douglas Rivlin (@douglasrivlin) February 6, 2019