Like most candidates, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox was campaigning with his family before Tuesday’s big election, but his 5-year-old son, Eli, wasn’t having it.
After this tense and brutal election cycle, we are all Eli.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox arrives in Montgomery with his family, his son, Eli, 5, is having a day. pic.twitter.com/NVuDE0LQE7
— Jake Crandall (@jakevcrandall) November 5, 2018
Eyewitnesses claim Eli is typically well-behaved on the campaign trail, but he sprawled out on the airport tarmac in a defiant act of boredom. After such a long campaign, his family couldn’t help but laugh and wait patiently.
The internet related to Eli’s frustration on a deep level.
We all feel this way buddy. Wish I had a glass of wine 🍷 for you. Okay, okay, kool-aid! 😂
— Ina (@inaromeo) November 5, 2018
— JOY MATAU TEBU (@joygarbatebu) November 6, 2018
At five you only have so many arrows in your quiver.
— winniesays (@iwannabadorg) November 5, 2018
Some days, the only thing that keeps me off the floor is knowing how dirty it is.
— Lauren H (@SarcasticLauren) November 5, 2018
One Twitter user diagnosed this as a case of the “jelly legs.”
Pajamas and smiles, it’s no tantrum, just a case of the jelly legs
— tra-la-la (@Littlelunabat) November 5, 2018
A couple of parents posted similar pictures of their children.
— Shannon (@bjaycat1985) November 6, 2018
Hi Eli, meet my little Drama Queen, Princess Aliyah. She’s also 5. Must be something about this age. 😁 pic.twitter.com/WJk9wikZsQ
— Arian Jones-Hall (@AriYatira) November 6, 2018
Sounds like most parents have experienced some version of this protest.
And made a great memory to look back on someday!
— Debbie (@DebbieRhoden57) November 5, 2018
We've all been there, little dude. Life comes at you fast. <3
— Shizu (@shizukera) November 5, 2018
Been there,done that,have the t-shirt
— Kathy (@KathySchauble1) November 5, 2018
I have seen this a number of times. This is a notorious five year old move.. pic.twitter.com/qk90ozaPyS
— Impolite Arrogant Woman (@Jmylessmiles) November 5, 2018
From this angle, it actually looks like Eli was enjoying himself on the airport tarmac.
Walt Maddox's 5-year-old son Eli had the family smiling during their campaign stop in Montgomery this morning. Maddox was also joined by his wife Stephanie and his daughter Taylor on their election eve tour of the state. #alpolitics pic.twitter.com/8IJ6wFVvQr
— Mike Cason (@MikeCasonAL) November 5, 2018
The cool thing is eli’s parents are laughing! And they let them wear pajamas.
— just thinking (@isawthesethings) November 5, 2018
Once Eli stood up, Maddox tried to bribe his son with Chick-fil-A. Nice!
— Andrew James (@AndrewJamesNews) November 5, 2018
Let’s give Eli some credit here…he gave his father major publicity the day before the election AND he got Chick-fil-A right afterward? This kid is a little mastermind!