The inauguration of our 45th president was—by virtue of how controversial he is and/or by virtue of how obsessive the internet is—one of the most pored-over events in recent memory. Which is why, days later, we have this new little nugget to present.
The clip, spotted and circulated by Twitter user @Marv_Vien (opens in new tab), shows First Lady Melania Trump smiling at her husband during the swearing-in ceremony—only to drop into a deep frown the moment he turns away:
pic.twitter.com/IDrGPkJQSlJanuary 23, 2017
While some people have suggested the clip might have been doctored or manipulated, Refinery29 (opens in new tab) points out that it can be seen happening in real time two hours and 51 minutes into this video of the inauguration:
The moment is just legitimately sad, and when things on the internet evoke strong feelings, going viral is basically inevitable. If this clip is making you feel feels, you're not alone.
this is sad. RT @SavageJoeBiden: Can y'all please look at Melania face when Trump turns around 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/elBqTcEDQNJanuary 24, 2017
@LifelnWords: Can y'all please look at Melania's face when Trump turns around 😂😭😭 pic.twitter.com/rXC2t4nx01 So SAD!https://t.co/KXA4BaFQAzJanuary 24, 2017
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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