Dr. Fauci's Facepalm

Dr. Fauci's Facepalm

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Dr. Fauci's Facepalm refers to a viral clip of Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, facepalming during a Whitehouse press briefing regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak in March 2020. Though Fauci claimed he made the gesture because a lozenge was stuck in his throat, many on Twitter believe he either did it to hold back laughter or did it out of frustration.

Origin

On March 20th, 2020, Twitter user @Walldo uploaded a clip of the Whitehouse press conference with the caption, "Note Fauci’s reaction when Trump makes a deep state joke at the podium" (shown below). The tweet garnered over 8,900 likes and 2,900 retweets in five days.



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On March 20th, 2020, Twitter user @ed_solomon[1] retweeted the clip adding the caption, "Does a face palm count as touching your face?" (shown below, left). The tweet gained over 1,200 likes and 180 retweets in five days. That same day, Twitter user @marklewismd[2] tweeted, "Please stop making Dr Fauci facepalm. America needs him as healthy as possible" (shown below, right). The tweet received over 280 likes in five days.


Ed Solomon @ed_solomon Does a face palm count as touching your face? Jake Lahut O @JakeLahut - Mar 20 Dr. Fauci body language update Show this thread NBC NEWS NOW THE WHITE HC WASHINGTON % NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT LIVE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING FROM CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE FOR LATEST UPDATES, GO TO NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS NBC NEWS THE WHITE HOUSE 1:43 PM - Mar 20, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Mark Lewis @marklewismd Please stop making Dr Fauci facepalm. America needs him as healthy as possible. NBC NEWS NOW THE WHITE HC WASHINGTON % NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT LIVE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING FROM CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE FOR LATEST UPDATES, GO TO NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS NBC NEWS 8:01 PM - Mar 20, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone

Later that day, Twitter user @miblogestublog tweeted the clip and said, "Dr. Fauci is all of us 🤦🏼‍♂️" which gained over 37,600 likes and 9,400 retweets in five days (shown below). President Donald Trump retweeted it a few days later. The NY Times[5] reported that Fauci made the gesture to hide his concern over a lozenge stuck in his throat. Distractify[3] and Business Insider[4] also published articles on the gesture.



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Dr. Fquci 3/20/20 FACE PALM FELT BY... EVERYONE. Max Steele @maxasteele Trump is so bad the man telling everyone to not touch their faces has to facepalm on live TV. NBC NEWS NOW LIVE M CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS NRC NEWIS 12:50 PM - Mar 20, 2020 · TweetDeck Tim Kaine @timkaine How can I avoid touching my face if you keep making me smack my forehead? NBC NEWS NOW VHITE HC VASHINGTON Dr. Anthony Fauci did a facepalm after Trump mentioned the 'Deep State Depar. Standing by the president's side throughout the lengthy press conference, Dr. Anthony Fauci broke his poker face during one exchange. O businessinsider.com 8:13 PM - Mar 20, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone



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External References

[1] Twitter – ed_solomon

[2] Twitter – marklewismd

[3] Distractiy – Fauci Hand Ove Face Meme

[4] Business Insider – Coronavirus Trump Retweeted Clip

[5] NY Times – Coronavirus Trump Fauci

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