Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, made quite the impact when he forcefully slammed his gavel to announce the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, his Republican colleague from California, from the role of House speaker.
This momentous event quickly became a sensation on social media, with countless memes surfacing to add some humor to the situation. The internet couldn't resist having a laugh.
One observer on X (formerly Twitter) summed it up perfectly: "The memes are epic."
Let's take a look at a few examples of the posts that have been making the rounds:
- One commenter actually sympathized with the gavel itself.
- CNN's Jake Tapper encapsulated the situation in a post that has already garnered nearly two million views.
The Washington Post highlighted two historical incidents involving gavels. In 1906, Illinois Republican Rep. Joseph Cannon managed to detach the gavel, which landed near some congressional clerks. Then, in 1931, Texas Democratic Rep. John Nance Garner went even further and broke three gavels in a single week!
According to The Washington Post, congressional gavels are produced by skilled workers in the House carpentry shop, who have been making these mallets diligently for decades. So it seems we should point the finger at the gavel slammer rather than the gavel maker.
For those considering reenacting the McHenry moment, Amazon offers gavels for as little as $2.99 — bow tie not included.