Eagle-eyed Russiagaters landed on potential new evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia on Thursday: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wasn’t blinking enough during his boss’s press conference on the Mueller report.
Twitter lit up during Attorney General William Barr’s press conference in advance of the release of a partly-redacted version of the report, with many speculating that Rosenstein’s facial movements — or lack thereof — were providing clues about the contents of the full report.
Some found Rosenstein’s face and insufficient number of blinks “disturbing.”
There are so many things disturbing about what is happening right now, but I can’t shake the fact that Rod Rosenstein hasn’t blinked since the beginning of this press conference. #MuellerThursday
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) April 18, 2019
“Blink twice if you are ok Rod Rosenstein,” wrote former State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, whose calls were echoed by a former Hillary Clinton aide urging him to “please blink twice if Barr is mischaracterizing the report.”
Blink twice if you are ok Rod Rosenstein
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) April 18, 2019
Attention, Rod Rosenstein: please blink twice if Barr is mischaracterizing the report.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 18, 2019
Rosenstein “does not look like man at peace,” NBC reporter Ken Dilanian chimed in, perhaps hoping to do his bit to keep the conspiracy alive.
Rod Rosenstein does not look like a man at peace.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 18, 2019
Others were more light-hearted about the whole matter. Washington Post reporter Philip Bump joked that he “did a shot” every time Rosenstein moved a muscle in his face and was still totally sober.
I did a shot each time Rod Rosenstein moved any individual muscle and I’ve never been more sober.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 18, 2019
Barr looked like he was “being held hostage,” fellow Post reporter Jonathan Capehart mused, while New York Times writer Sopan Deb quipped that Madame Tussauds’ new Rosenstein figure “looks pretty lifelike.”
Is it me or does Rod Rosenstein look like he’s being held hostage?
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 18, 2019
madame tousseau’s new rod rosenstein figure looks pretty lifelike
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 18, 2019
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