When you ride a horse to the polls to get attention, be prepared for what happens when you lose. Check out the best responses to Roy Moore’s horse show.
I’m sure it all happened with the best of intentions. Or rather, attentions. Roy Moore, whom I would call embatted Senator Roy Moore if it weren’t for the fact that so many people – for reasons I cannot explain, support him – rode into election day on a horse. (Named Sassy, no less!) The intention, I suppose, was to drive home what a down-home, southern fried, salt-of-the-earth lovin’ all-American country guy he was. By now you know his opinions and the scandalous accusations of predatory behavior that surround him.
The horseback performance was every bit the circus act that we have come to grow accustomed to in the current political climate. There was Roy Moore, in the center ring, and he loved it.
Then he lost the election, and the perfect joke presented itself.
Newspapers, particularly the New York Post and The Daily News, (who were writing memes before there was a name for it, I might add…) took the story by the, er… reigns:
It was the perfect – and obvious joke to throw at a man who thought the joke was on all of us. Even before the newspapers printed these gems (and kudos to the Daily news for taking it all the way,) twitter had already leaped at the perfection that was this response.
Folks were not only quick with a punchline, but also a little critique of the 70 year old’s horseback riding skills were also on deck. Here’s some of the best tweets that came out since the election day sideshow:
I would rather leave my kid with Roy Moore’s horse
— Bloodsucka Jones (@BloodsuckaJones) December 13, 2017
Even though Roy Moore lost, his horse Sassy won the Gallop poll.
— Laurie Crosswell (@lauriecrosswell) December 13, 2017
— The DL Hughley Show (@DLHughleyRadio) December 13, 2017
Is it just me or is there something about the way Roy Moore rides a horse that doesn’t seem right?
(Sidebar: This coming from someone with 0 horse-riding experience) pic.twitter.com/TBAavao6ai
— Dizzasta, the King in the Northeast (@Dizzasta141) December 13, 2017
Lastly, folks in-the-know had a lot to say about his form in the first place.
Horse twitter – yes, there’s a twitter community of horse lovers and riders, had lots to say.
Every time I see a clip of #RoyMoore on that poor horse I wanna yell: Put your damn heels down, stop yanking your horses mouth, tuck your legs in and FIGURE OUT HOW TO HOLD THE REINS. Riding a gaited horse is like riding in a self driving car. IT’S NOT AS HARD AS YOU’RE MAKING IT
— Constance🐿 (@Sunshine_525600) December 13, 2017
⚡️ “Horse Twitter baffled at Roy Moore’s attempt to ride a horse”https://t.co/gcSZbucWIz
— Peter W Stocking (@peterstocking) December 13, 2017
Ultimately, the lesson is – if you decide to make a spectacle of yourself – it’s a hell of a lot less embarassing if you win.
So can Roy Moore on a horse replace Dukakis in the tank now?
— (((Kyle Huckins))) (@KyleHuckins213) December 13, 2017