There were several standout moments from Sunday’s town hall style presidential debate. However, one moment in particular turned a retired St. Louis resident into an overnight meme sensation. And recently, Earlest Johnson revealed to Buzzfeed News that his face represented exactly what we thought it did: there’s no way he’s voting for Trump.
The 55-year-old was selected to take part in the debate as a former Bernie Sanders supporter who felt undecided about both candidates. Yet, as the night went on, Johnson’s glare of disdain towards Trump led the nation to believe that he went from ‘undecided’ to ‘decided’ in no time at all.
“I thought it was initially it was going to be a great atmosphere,” Johnson said of his hopes for the debate.
As he, along with the rest of the country, watched Trump’s hovering behind Clinton as she spoke to the audience, Johnson grew extremely uncomfortable.
“He walked around her, sat behind her and almost like he was stalking her,” he told Buzzfeed. “It was a lot of weird and it was very creepy.”
According to Johnson, another audience member whispered, “He’s weird, why is he doing that?”
As a Black voter, Johnson also found Trump’s inflammatory claims about Black communities completely egregious.
“I was kind of shocked,” said Johnson. “He wants us to vote for him, and I don’t know if he just doesn’t care, but he’s offensive when he makes statements like that!”
After the debate, Johnson’s face was immediately imprinted all over the internet, and he had no idea. It wasn’t until people started to reach out to his family that he even knew people could see him on TV.
“My wife was like, ‘People have been calling all evening, you’re on Facebook!’” he said. “I didn’t even realize they had any shots of us.”
Well luckily for us, the audience was in full sight, and Johnson, who has since announced his commitment to Clinton, will forever remain a national treasure.
(Photo: Andrew Davison via Twitter)
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