Drinking water is probably one of the simplest things humans do. It’s mandatory for survival and we all do it hundreds of times a day without incident. Sometimes things get tricky and embarrassing when we try to do it in a moving car, but for the most part, we’re all generally pretty good at it. Well, yesterday Donald Trump managed to mess up the simplest and most basic of movements and the internet lost its collective mind.
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Trump got a bad case of dry mouth to the point where it was affecting his speech. After a brief moment where he looked around for water and couldn’t find any, reporters in the crowd pointed out a bottle of the stuff on a small table next to his podium–a funny moment in itself. The president then proceeded to lift the bottle to his lips with two hands (like a sippy cup) on live television. It was like watching a toddler try to drink from a big-kid water bottle for the first time. The world collectively cringed.
Trump pauses his speech to take a sip from a bottle of water pic.twitter.com/u1JA0BmaVG
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 15, 2017
Trump may possess the undeniable talent of making the most menial and insignificant of tasks look herculean, but that’s not the only reason this moment got so much play. In 2013, Trump mercilessly mocked Senator Marco Rubio (who he would go on to beat for the Republican presidential bid) for drinking water during a speech. He suggested at the time that Rubio should drink from a glass rather than a bottle.
In 2013, Trump tweeted at least 5 times about Rubio’s water incident including that he should “drink his water from a glass as opposed to a bottle”. (Today, Trump sipped from a bottle.) pic.twitter.com/z8RSTPl775
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) November 15, 2017
Donald Trump just went Lil Marco Rubio. pic.twitter.com/jzhQUofGTq
— Patrick Bateman (@burninglipps) November 15, 2017
Then, during the presidential race last year — when he was going up against Rubio for the Republican nomination — Trump mocked the incident again, this time during a rally. Then-candidate Trump flung water around the stage and mimed drinking awkwardly from the bottle to the delight of his supporters in the crowd. He also suggested that the 2013 incident made Rubio look weak, even going so far as to say the senator wouldn’t be able to stand up to Vladimir Putin because of his reliance on water for survival. If you thought Trump’s flub this week was hard to watch, those 2016 theatrics were far worse.
More than a tweet, there’s also a video of Trump mocking Rubio’s SOTU water moment. pic.twitter.com/dkKyrOIUGO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 15, 2017
So Marco Rubio seized the opportunity to become relevant in the public eye again by trolling Trump about his latest gaffe. Because this is what politics has become: children lobbing insults and making fun of each other online. Long live democracy.
Similar,but needs work on his form.Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time https://t.co/s49JtyRo3S
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017
That got the rest of the internet going too (as if they ever need a push to make fun of something Trump did). People were quick to whip out those campaign receipts. Who’s going to be weak with Putin now, huh?
He mocked Rubio for this!! Like, it was a thing on the campaign for a while! Trump once threw water on the audience and yelled “IT’S RUBIO!!!” Said Rubio would be weak with Putin, etc. as a result. https://t.co/qVE9UdOUf4
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) November 15, 2017
More Trump Campaign Greatest Hits – 10/10/15 in Atlanta, Trump on Rubio “sweat[ing] too much”: pic.twitter.com/ELtcaT6YA0
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) November 28, 2016
Of course. OF COURSE he has a tweet for this, too. https://t.co/djXcUSUrAt
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) November 15, 2017
But mostly, people just had jokes.
As “Little Marco” Rubio knows, dry mouth is indiscriminate. pic.twitter.com/q6gxx91CVM
— Matt K (@dcdaddysWT) November 15, 2017
This has really been a missed branding moment for Trump Water.
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) November 15, 2017
Newsflash: Trump drinks Fijian water, not American water.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017
You having to use two hands to hold a water bottle makes a couple things clear.
Marco Rubio has bigger hands than Trump.
So do I.
So does everyone reading this.
PS: If you need help writing a resignation letter, I’m available.
— Frederick Douglass (@gettinnoticedmo) November 15, 2017
And Donald Trump drinks water like my child drinks out of a sippy cup…
Good night Twitter.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 16, 2017
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) November 15, 2017
And now, in the wise words of Lin-Manuel Miranda via Thomas Jefferson in the Tony Award winning musical, Hamilton: ‘Can we get back to politics, please?’