‘Priceless,’ ‘Gold’: Kevin McCarthy’s Facial Expression Goes Viral During SOTU
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), right, listen during a State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) facial expression went viral during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, and not for reasons that were terribly flattering to the commander-in-chief.

Although McCarthy had promised prior to the speech that he was not going to engage in the type of “theatrics” that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did when she stood and ripped up her copy of then-President Donald Trump’s address in 2020, he did appear to struggle to keep a straight face when Biden said things he thought were off the mark.

While Biden was talking about infrastructure — namely his claim that the United States had slipped from number one globally to number 13 – Newsmax’s Benny Johnson shared a brief video clip of the moment and commented, “I regret to inform you Joe has started yelling during his State of the Union.”

But it was Bonchie from RedState who noticed McCarthy’s bored expression at the tail end of the video — while Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, stood to applaud — adding, “Kevin McCarthy’s face at the end of this clip … lol.”

And he was far from the only one to comment on the Speaker’s intentionally blank expression throughout the evening.

“McCarthy’s face is priceless,” The New York Post’s Miranda Devine tweeted.

“THIS IS AMAZING,” came from @chicksontheright. “The pushback happening in real time, and Kevin McCarthy’s face — this is the most LIT SOTU EVER.”

“McCarthy’s facial expressions are gold,” former Trump adviser and counsel Jenna Ellis added.

And from Brenden Dilley: “McCarthy is all of us right now.”

Left-leaning media critics appeared to interpret McCarthy’s expression differently, choosing to attribute it to smugness and even disappointment with his own party.

“McCarthy’s face when Republicans start booing Biden is every mom when their kids start misbehaving,” CNN’s Abby Phillip commented.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal added, “McCarthy’s face has devolved into the smug disregard he feels for all Americans. MTG appears to be wearing some kind of Cruella d’Ville outfit.”

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