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Pelosi's Sarcastic Clap Has Become the Meme of the State of the Union

Like when Trump last addressed the nation, Pelosi has become a meme. Only this time it's not because she looks like someone's disappointed parent. Pelosi gave a very direct sarcastic clap to the President after he talked about unifying the country...

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A picture is worth oh, so many words. President Donald Trump held his second State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5. Due to the longest government shutdown on record, the original date was bumped back by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump was undoubtedly the main attraction of the State of the Union, but he was delivering the address in the home of Pelosi, who sat just over the President's left shoulder. Eyes were glued to her as she delivered a real-time feel for how the Democrats might respond to Trump's agenda.

Like when Trump last addressed the nation, Pelosi has become a meme. Only this time it's not because she looks like someone's disappointed parent standing alongside Senator Chuck Schumer. During an applause break, Pelosi delivered a very sarcastic clap to the President after he made a remark about the power of cooperation. (That came after some less than unifying sections of his speech, including talk about "ridiculous, partisan investigations.")

Here's the moment in context. 

Though the clap looked sarcastic, the intention behind her clap is unknown. Nonetheless, it makes for a striking image that more than a few people have found to be meme-worthy.


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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Writer on the news team at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.