Social media users have been buzzing over what seems like drool dripping off of the lips of Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts while he gave the Democratic response to the State of the Union speech. Along with comments on his policy ideas, there have been many more comments on the drool people say they can clearly see.
The grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the 37-year-old family successor appeared to have what one may consider large and utterly bizarre wet spots on the sides of his mouth while he was giving his speech after President Donald Trump's speech.
“[Republican Florida Sen.] Marco Rubio had dry-mouth during his #SOTU response in 2013. Joe Kennedy has drool-mouth,” tweeted Frank Luntz, a GOP pollster, comparing the speech of Kennedy to that of Rubio, which was no less than a disastrous Republican response in 2013, during which Rubio awkwardly reached out for water.
As for his views on U.S. policy, the Massachusetts Democrat passionately advocated for America's working class in front of a Ford Mustang in a school auto shop. And then, to everyone’s applause, he also made an appeal to Latino voters by addressing them in Spanish.
“Bullies may land a punch," he said, indirectly referencing Trump. "They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.”
But more than his ideas, what dominated social media's takeaway from the Democratic response was Kennedy's mouth. The hashtag of #KennedyDrool was included in many tweets about the unidentifiable liquid that many assumed to be saliva coming out of Kennedy’s mouth.
“And all we’ll remember is the drool on his face,” GOP operative Josh Holmes tweeted.
“Rubio had his water. Kennedy has his drool,” Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union chairman tweeted.
The clip of Rubio grabbing for water went viral online.
“Much of the Examiner newsroom is now enthralled by the drool on Joe Kennedy's face,” tweeted Jason Russell, a journalist for the Washington Examiner.
One user commented that though it was a primetime embarrassment for the Democrat, this incident will surely not "water down" his career.
“Of course, Marco Rubio bounced back and so will Joe Kennedy,” tweeted another user.
In response to the social media speculation, Kennedy said he was not drooling, but that the shiny patches were lip balm.
Kennedy responded to the viral questions when he went on CNN to confirm that it was not saliva, rather an over application of ChapStick, which looked like saliva. He also told the network that the usage of the lip balm was “a little too much, apparently.”
Kennedy also visited ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Jan. 31 to talk of how he has been trying to combat his issues of the over application of lip balm. He continued to say that he, “decides to go a little bit light on the ChapStick this morning, which was probably a wise choice.”