Hugging can be hard. It's two people mutually agreeing to put their arms around each other at the same time enveloping one another in a warm embrace. When something goes wrong, you can see the image captured on camera, frozen in time and jumped upon by gazillions of Twitter users.
That's what happened yesterday when Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio went in for an embrace with first daughter Ivanka Trump. The two were meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss the issue of paternal leave when the encounter, which was captured by Associated Press photographer Erica Werner, took place. Rubio seems to be executing all major aspects of a hug, but Trump is stiff and unmoving, her eyes no more locked in an embrace than her arms. It looks a lot as if she is receiving unwanted contact from her least favorite uncle at a family barbecue or as if she just met a Tinder date who has obviously lied about his age and height.
As you might imagine, the internet wasted no time coming up with a few jokes.
The Thirstiest Senator™ pic.twitter.com/jR48pFgKv2— eve peyser (@evepeyser) June 20, 2017
*Rubio after waiting for two hours behind the pillar— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) June 20, 2017
"Wow, Ivanka, what a surprise. It's so good to see you again." pic.twitter.com/qsxBXwpstp
Marco Rubio is the guy at a party who asks a girl "Where's my hug?" pic.twitter.com/DScJmKz3La— Barstool News (BNN) (@BarstoolNewsN) June 20, 2017
Love to engage in that famous human show of affection, the hug https://t.co/xTyqOGtaia— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 20, 2017
Somewhat surprisingly, Rubio responded with his own jokes, which poked fun at anyone who thought the hug was noteworthy. Many of the tweets hinted at a "hug investigation," which treats the investigations into Donald Trump in a lighthearted manner. The last Tweet even poked fun at President Trump more directly by bringing up his now-famous "covfefe" typo.
Just left Intel comm & informed meeting 2day with @IvankaTrump blowing up twitter over alleged failed hug! Investigating. Will respond soon— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
We believe we have our own unclassified photographic evidence that will shed greater details on this incident.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
We are also attempting to acquire multi-angle video which we believe will provide greater insight into this important matter.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
If you were filming at the Senate carriage entrance today between 11:20-11:25 am we are seeking your assistance with an active investigation— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
New photo emerges providing more insight into alleged failed hug. (Faces blurred for security purposes) pic.twitter.com/GzSLe3JD3I— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: Additional photo from moments right after today's alleged failed hug provide new details to this developing story. pic.twitter.com/TFyhB2cQuM— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
Based on review of evidence & my own recollection, have concluded no hug was even attempted & press covfefe of alleged failed hug is false— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2017
Much within his character, Rubio seemed to run with the joke a bit longer than everyone else, eventually firing off seven tweets on the subject.
Ivanka Trump responded with jokes of her own. She replied to two of Rubio's light ribs by saying, "I would have hugged him anyway," and "Marco Rubio is a great hugger."
Anonymous sources say @marcorubio planned the alleged failed hug. I have no comment (but I would have hugged him anyway!
Fake news! Marco is an excellent hugger... https://t.co/Dk7XXRQlX8— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2017
Even Donald Trump Jr. got in on the fun, saying, "There should be more hugs in politics... even failed ones."
There really needs to be more hugs in politics... even failed ones.
Two points that should not go missing from Huggate: first of all, Rubio and Ivanka Trump were meeting to discuss child care and paternity leave — two issues that could greatly impact a significant number of Americans in a positive way (if legislation is passed). It's great that these issues are getting attention from the current administration. Secondly, nonconsensual touching shouldn't a joking matter. While an awkward, possibly unwelcome hug may not register much in the scheme of things, let's not forget that Donald Trump has a long history of being accused of hugging, touching, grabbing and fondling women against their will.
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