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The best memes from the 2020 Republican National Convention

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The 2020 Republican National Convention is over, which means four nights of political speeches to meme.

The RNC took place from Monday, Aug. 24 to Thursday, Aug. 27, and along with several politicians and guests, the official speaker lineup included Mike and Karen Pence, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, known meme-quoter Lara Trump, and even Tiffany Trump.

Though no Republican National Convention moment filled us with as much joy as the Democratic National Convention’s “calamari comeback”, the convention still inspired some quality memes. Here are seven of our favorites.

1. Yes, I’m watching the RNC

Sometimes the simplest memes are the most satisfying, and the “watching the RNC” meme is a perfect example. Ahead of the nightly Republican speeches, Twitter users found joy in announcing that they’d be tuning into the RNC…just not that RNC.

2. Kimberly Guilfoyle’s very loud speech

Night one of the RNC kicked off with an ear-shattering bang thanks to Kimberly Guilfoyle’s extremely loud speech. The former Fox News host and current girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. let LOOSE in front of the microphone and delivered an intense, deeply impassioned address that reached such a high volume I had to mute my TV. Dwight Schrute would have been proud.

3. Donald Trump, Jr. saying “PP and E”

When attempting to tell the country that his father provided coronavirus “PPE” (personal protective equipment) to those in need,Trump Jr. slipped up and said “PP and E.” According to a simple Google search, “PP&E” is a finance term that stands for “property, plant, and equipment,” or “long-term assets vital to business operations and not easily converted into cash.”

It’s definitely not what he meant to say, but it’s not the first time he has incorrectly added “and” to an acronym. Remember when he called Saturday Night Live “S&L”? Great times.

4. The big Succession vibes

Fans of HBO’s media family dramedy Succession know that the Roy kids live and breathe to make daddy Logan proud. And as Donald Trump kid after Donald Trump kid (after Donald Trump kid after Donald Trump kid) spoke and repeated the words “my father” over and over again, you couldn’t help but feel some big Succession “I must make daddy proud” vibes.

5. The movie trailer energy

Succession isn’t the only on-screen reference people were reminded of during the RNC. The whole convention really felt like one long, confusing movie trailer. Some Twitter users compared certain speeches to sci-fi films like The Hunger Games and dystopian horror films like The Purge. While others marveled over the over-the-top cinematic sound effects and the drama of each convention intro and transition video.

6. Melania’s neon green dress

I don’t know what Melania Trump expected when she decided to walk down the White House steps on the final night of the RNC dressed like a literal green screen. But people obviously couldn’t resist poking fun at her wardrobe.

7. Melania’s side-eye to Ivanka

We’re not sure what goes on between the first lady and the first daughter behind White House doors, but when Ivanka walked past Melania on stage Thursday night, FLOTUS gave her a not-so-subtle death stare. (Spoiler alert: Everyone noticed.)

Congratulations, everyone! You’ve officially survived the 2020 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Now we just have to make it to Voting Day.





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