The State of the Union didn’t reveal a new side of the President; he just stuck to his old habits of predictability and hyperbolic sentiment, wagging the finger at Democrats for blocking his border wall while calling for unity. Hence, Pelosi’s sarcastic hand clap.
Donald Trump pretty much threatened that if Democrats wanted peace and legislation, then they must call off “ridiculous partisan investigations.”
While most Democrats had glazed looks on their faces during his speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to be occupied shuffling the pages of Trump’s speech when she wasn’t sarcastically clapping her approval.
Other legislators simply appeared to be dozing off.
Twitter user and staff writer for The Atlantic, Edward-Isaac Dovere compiled stealth photos of select stone-faced Democrats in a hilarious thread titled: “Democrats watching Trump (a series).”
Democrats watching Trump (a series): pic.twitter.com/dlkRh5SLOt
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 6, 2019
Many of the photographs captured the legislators with their eyes closed, implying that Trump’s blabbering lulled them to R.E.M. mode.
One of the slumbering attendees pictured was Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow
Was Trump’s voice similar to white noise for the senior Senator from Michigan?
We’re not sure, but a shutter release at exactly the right split-second of time forever captured her in a perpetual state of slumber.
When the internet noticed the photo of her counting sheep, they felt the same. And when the photo was brought to her attention, she owned it with a brilliant response.
“I wasn’t sleeping,” she tweeted. “I was trying not to scream.”
I wasn’t sleeping. I was trying not to scream. https://t.co/NjIZbzoDim
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) February 6, 2019
This feeling… we get it. Don’t listen to the haters Senator! We got you 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/HARjqtPr7R
— MoReno Taylor II (@MRTaylor313) February 6, 2019
Screaming was encouraged. It’s what we’re all feeling.
I probably would have packed one of these just knowing I would need it: pic.twitter.com/fV0SlCYpxv
— ceci (@uneenu) February 6, 2019
Senator Stabenow…I WOULD NOT fault you if you had screamed!!! Every single lie that comes out of our President’s mouth evokes the same feelings of frustration, disgust, and shame in my soul…so I would completely understand if you had let out a scream last night. 😁
— Sean M. Shimamoto 島本 ション (@SeanShimamoto) February 7, 2019
For this, I FUCKING LOVE YOU, @SenStabenow
I am so sick and tired of the ongoing effort to comfort us and normalize our way through this hideous fake presidency. Pretend time is over.
— Drew Emery (@InlawsOutlaws) February 6, 2019
What was really happening under those eyelids?
They can’t see you roll your eyes when your lids are closed.
— steve (@spsnomad) February 6, 2019
That's how I "roll my eyes" when I don't want people to see. I do a loooong blink.
— Mary M (@CalliopeCowbell) February 6, 2019
The Senator and Trump are not chummy. The two went head to head on Twitter when Trump accused her of showing resistance to signing 2018’s bipartisan farm bill. He did so without showing any evidence to back his claim, which is par for the course.
Senator Stabenow may not have been asleep at the SOTU, but none of this is a dream.