Sen. Tim Kaine started off his acceptance speech in Philadelphia tonight with a shout-out to his son, a U.S. Marine who just deployed overseas to, in Kaine’s words, “protect the NATO to protect and defend the very NATO alliesTrump wants to abandon.” Kaine ended it with, “Semper Fi.”
That should have been a good applause line for the gathered Democrats, but it wasn’t — at all.
Here’s NBC’s Chuck Todd:
A lot of folks in the arena didn't quite know how to respond to Kaine's "Semper Fi" salute to his son.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 28, 2016
Um, they should clap? Cheer? Shout, “thank you!”
uh, applause? https://t.co/Y5xtSFLY6L
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) July 28, 2016
Maybe they don’t know what it meant?
Peacenik Dem crowd has no idea what Semper FI means, apparently
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) July 28, 2016
Michelle Malkin noticed it to:
Took a long, painful pause before audience golf-clapped when Tim Kaine mentioned that his son is a deployed Marine. #DemsInPhilly
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 28, 2016
And from Salena Zito:
Some awkwardness in the #DemsInPhilly hall in response to Kaine's "Semper Fi" salute to his son.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) July 28, 2016
I love the tepid applause Tim Kaine's Marine son gets from the Democrat audience #DemsInPhilly
— Jon Miller (@JMiller459) July 28, 2016
Here’s the video so you can see the painful display for yourselves:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 28, 2016