After President Trump mistakenly referred to “Mike Pounce” during a Thursday evening speech, social media users were quick to mock the president, and the name was trending on Twitter.
In an address at the House Republican retreat in Baltimore, Trump was discussing a meeting that he held on ethanol with lawmakers including GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Joni Ernst (Iowa), John Thune (S.D.) and Mike Rounds (S.D.), among others.
However, Trump appeared to mispronounce Rounds’s last name.
“Mike Pounce” pic.twitter.com/k6uo1YInwg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2019
Twitter users immediately began sharing jokes about the mispronunciation, many of them cat-related. Some mistakenly thought Trump had been referring to Vice President Mike Pence.
“HAVE YOU SEEN MIKE POUNCE?” pic.twitter.com/GMIYdBsCWq
— Paul Green (@bigsexy_tote) September 13, 2019
Who else saw Mike Pounce trending and already knew why?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) September 13, 2019
— Mike Pounce (@Mike_Pounce_) September 13, 2019
— Carolyn Paine (@CarolynPaine) September 12, 2019
Mike Pounce is a great name for a book series about an ultraconservative cat. https://t.co/8vlbrChJJk
— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) September 12, 2019
Rounds’s name was corrected in the official White House transcript of the event.
Trump also mentioned the meeting at the White House earlier in the day Thursday, saying Rounds’s name correctly then.