House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clapped at President Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday and it quickly became a viral meme on Twitter.
Nancy Pelosi clapped sarcastically after President Trump urged Americans to reject the politics of “revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good.” It was at that moment her gesture became a meme.
People quickly took to Twitter to share their own interpretations about what the clap meant. If you search the hashtag #PelosiClap, you’ll find a trove of tweets dedicated to it.
The Washington Post described Pelosi’s applause directed at President Trump as “exquisite shade” in a headline about Pelosi’s now-famous clap at President Trump.
“Her applause was sparing, weary, and had the distinct vibe of a parent applauding a kindergartner for tying his shoes when the only goal is to quickly scoot him out the door, style columnist Monica Hesse wrote in a recent article.
Twitter reacts to Nancy Pelosi clapping at Trump
Here’s a small collection of the funniest tweets from Pelosi’s clap at the State of the Union address.
— Patti LaBelle’s Background Singer (@spicykezzinnugg) February 6, 2019
Same energy pic.twitter.com/6WLOGtzF6v
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 6, 2019
— SEAHStudent (@SeaHstudent) February 6, 2019
— David Wyatt (@davidmwyatt) February 6, 2019
— Senior Mama (@mama_senior) February 6, 2019
— Sara2309?? (@Mistrigf) February 6, 2019
— Nick Lowe (@NickLoweBasher) February 6, 2019
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 6, 2019
— SAM6 (@travelong6) February 6, 2019
Nancy Pelosi is the BDE version of that picture of Natalie Portman clapping pic.twitter.com/CSSLctHs2d
— Courtney Anne Bree (@courtneyabree) February 6, 2019
when someone pronounces gif ‘jif’ pic.twitter.com/AF2WSIXRX8
— Alyssa Limperis (@alyssalimp) February 6, 2019
Pelosi’s clap is the mood
— Samhita Mukhopadhyay (@TheSamhita) February 6, 2019
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter explains her mother’s clap during SOTU
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine took to Twitter to share her explanation of her mother’s gesture during Trump’s State of the Union address. “Oh yes that clap took me back to the teen years,” she wrote. “She knows. And she knows that you know. And frankly she’s disappointed that you thought this would work. But here’s a clap.”
#waybackwednesday – oh yes that clap took me back to the teen years. She knows. And she knows that you know. And frankly she’s disappointed that you thought this would work. But here’s a clap. #youtriedit pic.twitter.com/vUCX2uAUvv
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 6, 2019