At the "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump made several statements about "fake media," Charlottesville violence and ongoing tensions with North Korea that made headlines. However, it was his shout-out to White House Chief Of Staff General John Kelly that inspired the Twitter users to flood the micro-blogging site with hilarious memes.
Trump addressed the crowd of thousands of people at his first political event after the Charlottesville violence and delivered a 90-minute long speech. In between calling out the media for reporting fake news, threatening to close down the government if needed to build the border wall between the United States and Mexico, and commenting on the fate of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump applauded the efforts of his chief of staff, the Washington Examiner reported.
"Where is John? Where is Gen. Kelly? Get him out here. He's great. He's doing a great job," Trump said to a cheering crowd. However, despite his boss’s enthusiasm, Kelly could not be seen on the stage with the president after the shout-out.
Kelly's absence became a butt of jokes on Twitter. “Gen Kelly already knows what his shoes look like. Doesn't need to stare at them again,” wrote a user, while another said, “Kelly was on his 3rd scotch by then. At least I hope he was....”
Several memes followed.
A Twitter user asked why was Kelly present at the rally.
Another user claimed he was "babysitting."
A Twitter user also pointed out the incident was underreported. The camera never panned around to cover Kelly’s reaction. It was not clear if Kelly was present around to heed the president's request.
This is the second time this month that Kelly inspired memes on Twitter. When Trump delivered his controversial speech at the Trump Tower after a white nationalist rally sparked violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug.15, Kelly was seen in the corner with his head bowed down and his face full of regret, People reported.
The video soon went viral. While some Twitter users said he represented most Americans as they listened to Trump blaming “both sides” for the loss of lives at the rally, others speculated if Kelly was contemplating resigning from Trump’s administration.
Kelly replaced former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on July 31. However, since then, Trump has fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Many media outlets have criticized Kelly’s lack of ability to eliminate the chaos that currently envelops the White House.