Twitter had a field day with Rep. Joe Kennedy's 'drool'

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts gave an impassioned rebuttal to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but people on social media were more interested in his lips.

The edges of Kennedy's mouth seemed to glisten excessively as he spoke, prompting a near-instant deluge of Twitter memes poking fun at the congressman's appearance.

And in true Twitter fashion, Kennedy's lips also spawned a parody account: @JoeKennedyLips.

But while people took aim at his appearance, supporters took note of the substance of his speech:

During the Democratic rebuttal, Kennedy criticized Trump's policies and claimed it was "targeting the laws that protect us."

"Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark," Kennedy said. "But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future."

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Tonight, @realDonaldTrump presented a self-congratulatory speech w/o vision. He promised unity, but sowed division.… https://t.co/MJSAkxnOZh
Nailed it!!! #sotu #sotu2018
I don’t understand how a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention climate change. #BernieResponds
Congratulations. Everyone who watched this entire speech is now the same age as me. Best of luck.
After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the… https://t.co/pYihl52jca
Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip or held hostage in exchange for anti-immigrant policies. #SOTU
Congress should also pass commonsense, bipartisan legislation to reduce the cost of health care instead of sabotagi… https://t.co/NU7ANmk94Q
I work in the coal industry. Very little has changed.
Trump’s immigration policies are tearing families apart. Not helping families. #Dreamers deserve to know they are safe. #SOTU
We will not build a 21st century immigration system by building a 15th century wall. We need comprehensive immigration reform. #SOTU
Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration at the #SOTU is nothing more than code words for a bigoted and hateful hard-line immigration policy.
People should be able to bring their parents. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and grandchildren were never el… https://t.co/q1zWzrNo67
When Trump says he wants to end "chain migration" he is really attacking Latino families. He is against "family reu… https://t.co/wds94ekJXs
"Chain Migration" is a term steeped in fear and hatred. We will not demonize families that are simply trying to be… https://t.co/SfS0bfcNzn
Opioids now. Paying close attention. I’ll be lending a hand to the White House on this front. #opioidcris… https://t.co/dSlMgnkR76
These ridiculous Republicans are mocking us by screaming loudest by Trump’s “black unemployment” line. #SOTU
I wrote a Facebook post about a decision I made 10 years ago, what’s changed, & on an issue you didn’t hear a singl… https://t.co/g26PP5U8qJ
Summary: The most dangerous part of the speech was the glorification of militarism and our aggressive foreign polic… https://t.co/ttQ8uejelF
Truly sad. Some Democrats won’t even stand to acknowledge the symbolism of our amazing @uscapitol #sotu #SOTU2018
Keeping open gitmo gets a big applause? That rooms seems out of touch with so much of the world i talk to.
Many of our members attended the #SOTU to stare racism in the face. Both those who attended & those who didn't wore… https://t.co/qPVhK1izfj
Somehow, Trump will claim that there were more people in the room for his State of the Union than Obama's.
.@tedcruz: "It was stunning to watch Washington Democrats sit there stone-faced and refuse to applaud more jobs, hi… https://t.co/thhYHpH5hb
Is he for real? “His family followed” @realDonaldTrump tells story of North Korean refugee in same speech where he… https://t.co/7qlPK14KsT
There’s evil genius in rebranding “family reunification” to the dehumanizing, infestation-sounding “chain migration… https://t.co/v6SwKGQJfr
I’ll give him this when he’s bored and sleepy he’s very soothing. Right this second if he just pivoted to Goodnight… https://t.co/BwnRl34aNm
Puerto Rico thanks you for the paper towels.
PS not all immigrants are in murderous gangs, one did my hair color today - I don’t really need to say this, right? #SOTU
#SOTU “America filled the world with art and music....” and then ended nearly every art and music program in public schools in the USA.
Is it Over?
.@POTUS said it right—the state of our union is strong. He laid out a clear agenda tonight with an open hand toward… https://t.co/PkkEkcF4Gg
The “legend from Louisiana” – that’s a new one. Thank you Mr. President! https://t.co/YVp7dcsPlD
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