Move over, Nicole Kidman, there’s a new clap taking the internet by storm.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inadvertently started a viral meme at President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union last night when she stood up and clapped, seemingly sarcastically, after Trump asked for an end to the “revenge politics.” “But we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution – and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” Trump said – to which Pelosi stood up and smirked, clapping in the President’s direction. After a moment, Trump turned and saw Pelosi’s motion, and the delightfully awkward moment was caught on video.

Twitter users were quick to turn the freeze frame into a meme, comparing Pelosi’s clap to Lucille Bluth’s iconic sarcasm in Arrested Development, or to a similar picture of actress Natalie Portman.


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Other Twitter users tried to guess at what Pelosi might have been thinking, with one writing, “here’s that applause you so desperately need, boo.” Yet another hilarious meme referenced Maroon 5’s lackluster Super Bowl Halftime Show, and showed Pelosi clapping behind the band’s frontman Adam Levine.

Pelosi’s clap was accompanied by a standing ovation, whereas fellow democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chose not to respond to Trump’s statement. Although if Pelosi’s clap was really as sarcastic as it seemed, then maybe she and Ocasio-Cortez were actually on the same page.


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