Memes can come out of anywhere these days. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has sparked a wave of memes after offering claps with outstretched arms in President Donald Trump’s direction during the State of the Union address yesterday (Feb 6).
Pelosi offered the meme-tastic clap when Trump seemingly embraced bipartisanship in his speech, saying, “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good.”
Pelosi, seated behind Trump along with Vice-President Mike Pence, stood and applauded, with her hands pointed in the president’s direction.
The Internet, of course, jumped at the seemingly derogatory clap.
Pelosi later claimed she wasn't, in fact, being sarcastic with her applause. "It wasn't sarcastic," she told reporters in the Capitol building. "Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that was a very welcome message."
Still, even her daughter, political strategist Christine Pelosi, recognised that look, tweeting: "That clap took me back to the teen years."