The Internet Turns Nancy Pelosi’s Pointed State of the Union Clap Into a Meme

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When the cameras turn on and the House and Senate convene for the annual State of the Union address, a viral moment is inevitable — and Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered that on Tuesday.

The moment came as President Donald Trump offered a call for bipartisanship. With such a clear distinction between the president’s own words and the prepared remarks he read from the teleprompter, many viewers perceived Pelosi’s response as sarcastic.

“But we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” Trump said.

To that, Pelosi rose and seemingly clapped at, but not for, Donald Trump.

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The cameras in the chamber only aired a brief snippet of Pelosi’s applause before breaking to show reactions from members throughout the chamber. A stone-faced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can be seen sitting still as other Democratic members rise and applaud.

But photographs of Pelosi’s clap quickly emerged, and they were instant viral fodder for social media.

“Nancy Pelosi is the perfect amount of petty we all should aspire to have,” one Twitter user wrote.

The moment also inspired musical jokes from “Baby Shark” to Ariana Grande:

Pelosi’s clap, combined with Trump’s turn towards her, was the perfect format for a new meme:

“Who knew clapping could convey rage, disdain and threats of revenge,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tweeted.

Some of Pelosi’s fans believed she was sending a message to Trump through her manner of applause:

Even Pelosi’s daughter got in on the fun, writing that the clap reminded her of her childhood.

“She knows. And she knows that you know,” Christine Pelosi tweeted. “And frankly she’s disappointed that you thought this would work.”

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Audrey Smalls
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He started the State of the Union without letting her introduce him which is the rule.She was saying with her clap goid for you little boy Mommy sa was what you did wuth your little petty self .Dont come for Mama

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