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July 16, 2019

The most memorable moments from the State of the Union, from Nancy Pelosi’s clapback to Joshua Trump falling asleep

February 6, 2019
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.  (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press / AP)

If you fell asleep during the State of the Union, you’re not alone.

President Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night elicited an array of responses from those watching in the House chambers and beyond.


Some dozed off while Trump called for a wall on the southern border, while others birthed memes with their reactions to the President’s plea for unity amid the bitterly partisan politics overwhelming Washington D.C.

From the women in white to the debut of the “Pelosi Clap,” here’s a look at some of the highlights from the 2019 State of the Union:”

The Clapback

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seated directly behind the President, gave the internet what is perhaps the night’s most meme-able moment with her seemingly snarky applause.

As Trump called for an end to revenge politics, the California Democrat rose to her feet and started to clap. With her arms outstretched and her eyebrows just slightly raised, Pelosi managed to convey her feelings loud and clear without making a peep.

“Nancy Pelosi had the best clapback of 2019… don’t @ me,” one person tweeted.

Pelosi also grabbed the internet’s attention when she picked up a set of mystery papers and began to read them, slightly smiling all the while.

Joshua Trump

Melania Trump invited Delaware sixth grader Joshua Trump to watch the State of the Union in person after she learned he was bullied in school for his name. He was seated near the First Lady as well as childhood cancer survivor Grace Eline, who both managed to stay awake throughout the President’s 80-minute remarks.

Photos of the young Trump snoozing through the speech quickly made the rounds online and stole hearts of tweeters everywhere.

“Johsua Trump owns,” twitter user SouthpawNYC declared.

Twitter user Josh Jordan offered a similar take: “Joshua Trump truly represents America. #SOTU”

Women in White

Another moment that garnered widespread attention was the eruptions of cheers from Democratic Congresswomen at Trump’s mention of female job creation.

“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women,” Trump said, adding that they took on 58% of the newly created jobs in 2018.

The comment prompted the Democratic caucus of women – all of them sporting white in honor of the suffragette movement – to stand and cheer.

“You weren’t supposed to do that,” the President said with a slight chuckle.


They stood again when he announced that there are more women in the workforce than at any other point in U.S. history.

“Don’t sit yet you’re going to like this,” he added. “Exactly one century after Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.”

Trump’s daughter Tiffany also took a page out of the Democrats’ fashion playbook – she also showed up to the event wearing all white. Whether or not she was aligning herself with her father’s political rivals with the look however, remains unclear.

Those tuning into the State of the Union were almost immediately irked by the sight of President Trump’s cherry-red tie, which was just askew enough to distract scores of viewers.
Those tuning into the State of the Union were almost immediately irked by the sight of President Trump’s cherry-red tie, which was just askew enough to distract scores of viewers. (DOUG MILLS / AFP/Getty Images)
Trump’s tie

Twitter users were a bit tied up with President’s appearance at the start of his address. Those tuning into the State of the Union were almost immediately irked by the sight of Trump’s cherry-red tie, which was just askew enough to distract scores of viewers.

Even WikiLeaks cracked a joke about the fashion faux pas on Twitter.

“US Vice President Mike Pence lets President Trump set up and take first ~15 minutes of the State of the Union address with a wildly crooked tie,” it tweeted. “Makes no moves to tell him.”

It’s not the first time Trump’s tie has taken center stage. The President has previously been chided for wearing shockingly long neck ties as well as for his use of scotch tape rather than a tie clip.

Trump’s ad lib

The President often strays from his scripted remarks and his second State of the Union was no exception. But on Tuesday night, he delivered a comment that contradicted his own administration’s strict immigration policies.

“Legal immigrants enrich our nation in countless ways,” he said. “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever,” he said, “but they have to come in legally.”

His written remarks however, read: “Legal immigrants enrich our Nation and strengthen our society in countless ways. I want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally.”

Happy Birthday

Amid the address, the entire chamber broke out into a rendition of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate guest Judah Samet.

The 81-year-old from Pennsylvania is a Holocaust survivor who also escaped the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, which left 11 others dead.

Trump introduced him after promising to combat the “vile poison of anti-Semitism… anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”

When the singing concluded Trump joked: “They would not do that for me, Judah.”

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