An unexpected talking point arose from the first televised impeachment hearing on Wednesday: George Kent’s dedication to hydration.
Kent, who serves as the deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs at the State Department, testified before House Intelligence Committee lawmakers, alongside Bill Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. They were the first two witnesses to publicly testify in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump for his attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden in exchange for millions in U.S. military aid.
In a strange yet also typical-of-Twitter turn of events, people voiced opinions about Kent’s particularly large reusable water bottle, which he brought into the hearing chamber. He was noticeably surrounded by other significantly less hydrated individuals toting small plastic bottles of water.
While people on social media were mostly fans of the diplomat’s commitment to keeping hydrated, as well as his eco-friendly choice of vessel and decision to rock a bow tie, some pundits over on Fox News mocked Kent and his bottle.
“Fish are not this hydrated,” network contributor Raymond Arroyo told “Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham. “It was like a medical sized water silo.”
They are literally attacking one of the impeachment witnesses for.......drinking water pic.twitter.com/vVSrCcVNcS
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) November 14, 2019
Those on Team Kent’s Water Bottle took great pleasure in praising his beverage container:
Bowtie, re-usable water bottle, confident stride. George Kent's ready to fuck some shit up. pic.twitter.com/B3QQML344S
— Dexter the Dog (@dexter_doggie) November 13, 2019
Nalgene is taking advantage of George Kent's very large water bottle https://t.co/w3vHcfPSOw
— Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) November 13, 2019
George Kent's Big Blue Nalgene Bottle 2020#ImpeachmentHearings
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) November 13, 2019
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) November 13, 2019
Absolute power move with this huge nalgene pic.twitter.com/w6SurAKRV4
— TheAlexWaller (@TheAlexWaller1) November 14, 2019
Drinking out of giant blue nalgene during congressional testimony seems like a big mood.
— Kendra "Gloom is My Beat" Pierre-Louis (@KendraWrites) November 13, 2019
— Kelly Fleming, PhD (@DoctorKFlem) November 13, 2019
George Kent *stays* hydrated pic.twitter.com/8HhDvO73cy
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 13, 2019
George Kent and the return of the Nalgene is making me nostalgic.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) November 13, 2019
— Carol Leifer (@carolleifer) November 13, 2019
— nichelle fonville (@nikkitikkitaffi) November 13, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.