Just emptying the table for better photos... or a weird moment of mimicry?
Whatever the reason, the scene went viral, first on reddit, then on Twitter, with posts such as this one sharing gifs of the footage:
I am laughing so goddamn hard at this video of Trump inexplicably putting his water bottle on the floor, and Pence immediately doing the same for no reason whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/qEFPzKClYj— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) June 6, 2018
For some, the moment called to mind a time on the campaign trail in which Pence appeared to be mimicking Trump’s gestures:
Shot this footage earlier. Pence already picking up some Trump tendencies. 👍🏼👋🏼👉🏼👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/Uvgof52DXy— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) July 22, 2016
On Twitter, Pence was mocked over the mimicry:
Why did Pence do this?
Is it some code?
What does it all mean?
Was there no more room at the table for the water bottle?
SO MANY QUESTIONS.https://t.co/dwKobFReay— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) June 7, 2018
It was at the RESPONSE COORDINATION CENTER OMFG— Jason Explosion (@JasonXplosion) June 6, 2018
This is hilarious in a very disturbing, oh my God what is happening this can't be real life, sort of way— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) June 6, 2018
This is completely, insanely, and psychologically disturbing.— Jonathan Blaine, Esq (@Blainejo) June 6, 2018
Didnt you ever play that game as a kid where you mirror EVERYTHING your sib or friend does until they whollop you?— Barbara (@bigskybabs) June 6, 2018
A secret code, at the end Trump places the napkin on his lap. Kind of signaling something to somebody?— Willie Rosario (@Salsacola) June 6, 2018
This might be the most Veep-like thing so far from this White House.
Like, why did Trump move his water bottle in the first place?
But even more bizarre, why did Pence move it RIGHT AFTER?! pic.twitter.com/Q2kBHAgrsB— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) June 6, 2018
All the videos of Pence doing the exact same thing as Trump like this are going to make for a pretty hilarious political ad someday https://t.co/V59EBRREf2— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) June 6, 2018
You know one day Trump will say he barely knew Pence. He was just the water boy. 😂😂— Wendy Hopper (@WendyH0516) June 7, 2018
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