Vice President Mike Pence isn't a complicated man.
He likes Chili's, using his personal AOL account for official government business, and gay conversion therapy. And so, when he addressed attendees at the Middle East conference in Poland on Feb. 14, it's clear he believed that same down-home flavor that's treated him so well in Trump Country would garner rounds of applause from his European audience.
That, dear reader, is where he went wrong.
Speaking about the widely supported Iran nuclear deal, Pence told those in attendance that it was time to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and withdraw. The response, or rather lack thereof, from the crowd appeared to shock the veep.
"The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region," he told the audience. "The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region, and the world, the peace, security, and freedom they deserve."
The video pretty much says it all.
OMG — Pence was visibly shook in Poland when he received absolutely no reaction to what was clearly supposed to be an applause line about how "the time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal." pic.twitter.com/biRxARZkcM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2019
Amazing, right? The people of the internet think so, too.
Surprised no one threw a shoe at him.
— Warren (@Rusty94582) February 17, 2019
His desperate gasp for breath is priceless!!!
— Craig Lapierre (@clspartan) February 17, 2019
Not sure what's more embarrassing: That he has so many beats for applause written into his script, or that the applause never came.
— Johnny Moonrock (@JohnnyMoonrock) February 17, 2019
Notably, this has been happening to Pence a lot lately. On Feb. 15, he was speaking at the 55th annual Munich Security Conference, and told those gathered that Trump says hello.
"I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump."
Deafening silence followed.
Better luck next time.