To absolutely no one’s surprise, the president did exactly what was expected of him on Tuesday night during his second State of the Union address: He lied.
In fact, he didn’t just lie — he embellished and eviscerated the truth with nearly every topic he touched on. And while the fact-checking members of the media were on the case, calling out Donald Trump lie-by-lie, the folks on social media were making their voices heard, as well.
Of course, the first lie was that the state of the union was strong, which is usually a verbatim quote each president repeats no matter what. But this time around, that regurgitated line felt especially stale, considering the abundance of truth to suggest otherwise.
From doubling down on his failed, unrealistic promise to build a wall along the nation’s southern border, to misrepresenting the overall unemployment situation in the United States, Trump and his speechwriter apparently decided that facing reality in a chamber filled with the most diverse Congress the country has ever seen wasn’t even an alternative.
The online hecklers rightfully chimed in to call out Trump for intentionally misleading the American people about the state of the country, which is fresh off an $11 billion loss from the partial federal government shutdown that Trump famously said he would be “proud” to initiate.
Trump was also ridiculed for what appeared to be a false compassion for prisoners and immigrants alike, raising the collective ire of minority voices across social media.
Many seemed to look most forward to the address’ response from Democrats, expected to come from Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman to ever do so. Abrams didn’t lie to the American people when she said her gubernatorial candidacy in Georgia was sabotaged by voter suppression efforts led by Republicans, and chances were high that she wouldn’t lie Tuesday night after Trump finished speaking.
The State of the Union memes and gifs were saturating social media as the president spoke and we compiled a handful of the best of them. See better ones out there than the ones we already have? Tweet them to us @newsone and we will add them.