Amid the near-collapse of the Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and criticism that President Donald Trump is is uninformed on the subject, the president addressed the nation Monday. But as Trump urged the Senate to come together to take action to overhaul the country’s health care system, another parallel storyline emerged: People are absolutely obsessed with the kids standing behind Trump at his health care speech. Yes, the president was speaking on a subject that’s nothing short of cataclysmic, but the unsmiling faces — mostly belonging to morose-looking children — lined up behind him nevertheless caught the internet’s eye and its unstoppable imagination.
After two failed Republican attempts to come up with a health care plan at least 50 senators could agree on, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now wants senators to vote on a bill that largely shrouded in secrecy. And Trump himself appeared live to make the hard sell, claiming that the ACA is, simply, “death” that has left a trail of “forgotten victims,” according to The Washington Post. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that the most recent version of the GOP Senate bill would have left 22 million more people without health insurance and sent premiums soaring.
So, Trump is not the most reliable narrator when it comes to health care issues. He even launched into his appeal to the Senate by claiming that the ACA has “wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working Americans,” for a whopping 17 years. In reality, President Barack Obama succeeded in passing the signature law in 2010, seven years ago. Naturally, attention shifted to the curious cast of characters assembled behind Trump as he made outrageous claim after outrageous claim.
They were mostly young people who looked entirely unenthused to be there.
The kids behind Trump at this press conference look super depressed.
— Kyle Golrick (@keg_36) July 24, 2017
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