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Ron DeSantis's Painfully Awkward Smile Is Going Viral, And It Really Does Gets Funnier Every Time

Last night, the GOP held a Trump-less debate with eight Republican nominee hopefuls.

Screenshot from the Republican debate
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One moment is the standout moment in terms of "that's definitely going to become a meme."

Closeup of Ron DeSantis speaking during the debate
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That moment is Ron DeSantis trying to smile:

"Be sure to smile Ron at the end of the debate to try and dispel the notion you're cold and robotic."Ron Desantis: pic.twitter.com/QF0ACegzqM

— ☢️Nuka🫥 (@CoolNuka) August 24, 2023

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As this person said, "He's malfunctioning already."

He’s malfunctioning already. pic.twitter.com/s0dhbJ6y1v

— Nagatha Christie (@WOlookingitup) August 24, 2023

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Another person compared it to taking a dump.

Ron Desantis tries to smile and looksLike hes taking a dump. #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/ADzc8LXUJb

— lbream (@lbream) August 24, 2023

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And this person described it as simply "hideous."

That smile by Ron DeSantis at the end was so hideous. My God. #GOPDebate

— SUJ 🦬 (@SujOfficial) August 24, 2023

Twitter: @SujOfficial

My timeline is filled with the moment.

The delay of him trying to smile is insane??? pic.twitter.com/FLscPB9msI

— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) August 24, 2023

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I'm seeing comparisons to Wednesday Addams.

Ron DeSantis trying to smile pic.twitter.com/7A69JjXYT1

— Rebecca (rebeccafachner.bsky.social) Fachner (@rebecca_fachner) August 24, 2023

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They're calling him Chandler Bing.

He’s weird. He’s a robot. I’d never want to have a beer with him. He smiles like Chandler Bing did when you take his picture…And I’d want him as my president in a heartbeat. Let’s go, @RonDeSantis ! pic.twitter.com/15MwAojpRd

— Tball_15 (@tball_15) August 24, 2023

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And this person's comparison to an 8th grader's yearbook pic with braces is pretty spot on:

Ron DeSantis’ debate smile looks like he’s taking his 8th grade yearbook photo and he’s a little nervous about his new braces

— Mackenzie Moore (@_Mack_Moore) August 24, 2023

Twitter: @_Mack_Moore

Anyway, this is destined to become a meme.

WHAT IS THAT ATTEMPT AT A SMILE 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/padZcp3J2R

— Brodes (@_Brodes) August 24, 2023

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It's already beginning...

yeah Pepsi is fine pic.twitter.com/Yrh8oiCxGT

— Adam Smith (@asmith83) August 24, 2023

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