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John Kelly's was the face of defeat as he listened to Trump's explosive press conference Tuesday. Photo: Getty

As President Donald Trump’s doubled down Tuesday on his claim that neo-Nazi protesters are just as bad as neo-Nazis, it was the reaction of White House chief of staff John Kelly causing quite a stir on Twitter.


The press conference was supposed to discuss American infrastructure, but talk inevitably turned to Trump’s response to the Charlottesville protests and his initial vague initial comments — it took the president two days to publicly condemn hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis after a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 20 others.


When reporters fired questions at the president about why it took so long his response was that there were “a lot of bad people in the other group too.” He was talking about the anti-racist counter-protesters.


As Trump’s off-the-cuff controversial comments started flying, Kelly crossed his arms.


But he didn’t stop there — Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides, including those participating the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally, which was demonstrating against the removal of a statue of Confederate general and infamous slave owner Robert E. Lee.


“Not all of those people were neo-Nazis. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch,” he said.

Looking visibly uncomfortable, Kelly’s neck retreated further and further into his suit jacket with each passing word. NBC News tweeted out a 260-second clip.

And Twitter noticed.

“John Kelly watching the Dumpster fire just now,” Twitter user @ teenagesleuth

“John Kelly looks like 68% of America today,” @Momof15 tweeted.

“John Kelly's face today at @POTUS's press conference is probably the same face Robert E. Lee made when he realized he'd lost the Civil War,” tweeted @kingsthings.

“One has to wonder how long John Kelly can take this before he resigns. This picture is so perfect,” @bstatz wrote on Twitter.

Per usual, there were gifs aplenty as well. Here are a few of our favorites: