Democrats insisted that networks offer them equal airtime to react to Trump’s first Oval Office address on border security, but it might have backfired.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) prompted mocking on social media after they provided a wood rebuttal while being squished together behind one podium.

Their rebuttal drew comparison after comparison to concerned parents scolding their child:

When mom and father catch you taking their automobile out without asking pic.twitter.com/hJfoLgSDf3

— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) January 9, 2019

They likewise drew many comparisons to the 1930 American Gothic painting:

I’m sorry pic.twitter.com/5nGJ0kBUhS

— POUND (@beyondreasdoubt) January 9, 2019

Their choice of a backdrop– a corridor with red walls, likewise created pictures of the scary movieThe Shining.

apologies for talking about design not substance but oh no why would you utilize the Shining shot for this rebuttal

— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) January 9, 2019

Hmmm … I didn’t understand twins from The Shining was on right away following @POTUS message to the nation abt border security. #Scared pic.twitter.com/bkolStCWNX

— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) January 9, 2019

One journalist asked why there were six flags behind Pelosi and Schumer. “One for each ring of hell,” another responded.

One for each ring of hell. https://t.co/WvCrPAIHgl

— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) January 9, 2019

Their performance was deemed so ludicrous that the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Twitter account utilized an image of them as their account banner.

Thanks for the new banner @SenSchumer and @SpeakerPelosi! And thanks for choosing wall funding for numerous years! cc: @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/3Iw5Ynf6uS pic.twitter.com/ZLOjRRapVT

— NRCC (@NRCC) January 9, 2019

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, released a declaration comparing Trump’s address to theirs.

” Tonight, Americans saw their president defending a service to fund our federal government while protecting American residents, versus the technique of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer which is to withstand, withstand, withstand at all expenses,” she said.

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