U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified today at the public impeachment hearings and there is a surprising amount of consensus that his testimony was devastating to Donald Trump’s case. Even staunch conservatives have been saying that it’s all over for the embattled president, speculating that impeachment in all but inevitable at this point.
Some are even wondering if the Republican-controlled Senate will ask Trump to resign as they did with Richard Nixon, including former solicitor general for George H. W. Bush Ken Starr.
Ken Starr folks. https://t.co/AdnXVUF0fS
— Neera -Vote Now- Tanden (@neeratanden) November 20, 2019
But what’s really got the internet’s attention is a photo of Sondland looking directly into the camera with what appears to be a bit of a sly look. It was initially predicted that the photo would become a meme, and in mere hours, that prediction was proven to be extremely accurate.
— and the livin's easy (@madamyez) November 20, 2019
It’s not just the photo, however. Sondland’s testimony confirmed that “everyone was in the loop” on what was widely understood to be a quid pro quo between Donald Trump and Ukraine officials, implicating multiple current and former Trump allies such as Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani. A bombshell like that is worthy of memes of all flavors, and Twitter is lousy with them.
There are also Republican attempts to trip up the ambassador to note, as well as that photo of Trump’s comically big notes insisting on his innocence.
Here are some of our favorite Sondland memes and jokes:
— Alex Blagg (@alexblagg) November 20, 2019
“Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.” pic.twitter.com/TE5yvMaUkQ
— RevDJEsq (@RevDJEsq) November 20, 2019
— Deja M. Burt (@Hoosyourdaddy99) November 20, 2019
Gordon Sondland right now pic.twitter.com/Ccoa3y5TFN
— Ashley Alese Edwards (@AshleyAlese) November 20, 2019
Here is a recap of Sondland's opening statement. https://t.co/onMQuBXg9D
— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) November 20, 2019
Me: I wonder if Sondland is gonna name names?
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 20, 2019
SCHIFF: Mr. Sondland would you like to implicate anyone in crimes
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 20, 2019
Live look at Amb Sondland pic.twitter.com/VEnOC0lEqB
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) November 20, 2019
Sondland: "Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret."
Democratic Counsel: "Everyone?"
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 20, 2019
just a devastating moment of testimony. no way he's coming back from this pic.twitter.com/OypntcD3hf
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 20, 2019
— DYA (@deborah_yasko) November 20, 2019
Me: “Grandma, you watching the #ImpeachmentHearing?”
Grandma: “Yea, baby! Ambassador Sondland may have to change his name to Lipton after spilling all this tea.”
Me: ???????????? pic.twitter.com/L7VHdWv8Nk
— Bradley E. Williams (@B_RadWill) November 20, 2019