George Kent’s huge water bottle becomes a meme

George Kent’s appearance at the impeachment inquiry with a giant water bottle became a viral sensation with scores of memes poking fun at the ‘well hydrated’ witness.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs gave evidence on Wednesday and a 48-ounce Nalgene bottle of water immediately caught the attention of those following the proceedings.

Kent, who has been in the foreign service since 1992, oversees policy for a number of eastern European nations, including Ukraine. He was the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Kiev prior to this position. 

George Kent's appearance at the impeachment inquiry with a giant water bottle became an internet sensation with hundreds of memes poking fun at the 'well hydrated' witness

George Kent’s appearance at the impeachment inquiry with a giant water bottle became an internet sensation with hundreds of memes poking fun at the ‘well hydrated’ witness

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was the first person to kick off the roasting on of Kent on social media, tweeting: 'George Kent *stays* hydrated'

 The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was the first person to kick off the roasting on of Kent on social media, tweeting: ‘George Kent *stays* hydrated’

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was the first person to kick off the roasting of Kent on social media, tweeting: ‘George Kent *stays* hydrated.’

Another user named Tara claimed: ‘ George Kent can do anything he wants as long he he throws confident shade while wearing that fabulous bow tie. I’m a fan.’

‘Saving democracy one gulp at a time,’ was another hilarious comment from a Twitter user.

Other users praised Kent, whose bow tie was also the subject of much discussion, for being environmentally aware by drinking from a reusable bottle.   

One user said: ‘Just briefly watched a few minutes of the Trump #ImpeachmentHearings and it looks to me like #GeorgeKent is the only soul in the building drinking H20 from a reusable plastic bottle, all others are drinking from one-time use plastic bottles.’

Kelly Fleming also claimed: ‘I really appreciate that George Kent is using a 64 oz @nalgene instead of the 8 oz single use plastic water bottles provided #ImpeachmentHearings.’

And the mocking wasn’t only confined to social media, with one Fox News commentator  mocking his choice of drinking apparatus.

A lot of commentary focused on Kent's drinking from a giant water bottle in addition to his decision to wear a bow tie as he gave evidence at the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday

A lot of commentary focused on Kent’s drinking from a giant water bottle in addition to his decision to wear a bow tie as he gave evidence at the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday 

He chose to drink from his own reusable water as opposed to single use bottles provided by the House

He chose to drink from his own reusable water as opposed to single use bottles provided by the House

The Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia George Kent is seen arriving to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. He chose to drink from his own reusable water as opposed to single use bottles provided by the House 

‘Fish are not this hydrated,’ network contributor Raymond Arroyo told Ingraham Angle host Laura Ingraham. ‘It was like a medical sized water silo.’

One commentator on the show could also be heard saying that she thought Kent had an oxygen container on the desk beside him.

The maker of the water bottle also retweeted a number of posts with the bottle as well as a link to where the bottle could be purchased from.  

Kent, who was one of the first two witnesses in the impeachment inquiry also denied being so-called ‘NEVER TRUMPERS. 

Bill Taylor, the U.S.’s top Ukraine diplomat, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, were asked during Wednesday’s hearing if they held any anti-Trump bias. 

At 8:30 a.m., an hour and a half before the hearing got going, the president had sent out a tweet that simply said, ‘NEVER TRUMPERS!’ 

Social media users roasted George Kent as he drank from the massive water bottle

Social media users roasted George Kent as he drank from the massive water bottle 

In previous tweets, the president had said ‘Never Trumper Republicans were ‘human scum!’  

Near the end of the hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell – a California Democrat who had a short-lived presidential bid, asked the two witnesses about the pointed accusation. 

‘The president tweeted multiple times about this hearing and he put in all caps NEVER TRUMPERS,’ Swalwell said.  ‘Mr. Kent are you a never Trumper?’  

Kent answered in the negative.  ‘I am a career nonprofessional who serves whatever president is duly elected and carries out the foreign policies of that president in the United States,’ Kent replied. ‘And I’ve done that for 27 years for three Republican presidents and two Democrat presidents.’

The ‘nonprofessional’ verbiage seemed to be a flub, as he made a nearly identical statement during his opening. 

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs left with his 48-ounce Nalgene bottle of water he had caught the attention of those following the proceedings

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs left with his 48-ounce Nalgene bottle of water he had caught the attention of those following the proceedings

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent departs after testifying before a House Intelligence Committee hearing

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent departs after testifying before a House Intelligence Committee hearing

Nalgene, the maker of the water bottle, also retweeted a number of posts with the bottle as well as a link as to where it could be purchased from

Nalgene, the maker of the water bottle, also retweeted a number of posts with the bottle as well as a link as to where it could be purchased from

‘I have served proudly as a non-partisan career Foreign Service officer for more than 27 years, under five presidents, three Republicans and two Democrats,’ Kent said. 

Numerous current and former Trump officials have testified that the president was conditioning U.S. aid on Ukraine publicly investigating Democrats including his potential 2020 political foe Joe Biden and Biden’s son.

Clinton, he explained, was “shorthand” for the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. It was a reference to Trump’s view, pushed by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani but outside of mainstream U.S. intelligence, that Ukraine played a role interfering in the election.

Kent also raised concerns about Giuliani’s “campaign of lies” against Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and the Trump administration’s firing of the veteran diplomat.

House investigators are releasing key transcripts from days of closed-door interviews in the impeachment inquiry as they prepare for public sessions with witnesses next week. 

A whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Zelenskiy was the spark that ignited the investigation.

Kent had testified for hours in October about the shifting U.S. policy toward Ukraine as administration officials and Giuliani were taking the lead, acting outside of regular foreign policy channels. 

 

 

 

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