This pandemic has really turned our lives upside down.
Just one day after Texas lawyer Rod Ponton accidentally appeared in a virtual court hearing with a cat filter, Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota made heads spin when he appeared upside down while on Zoom during a House Committee on Financial Services meeting. The video of the incident was shared on Twitter by political website The Hill.
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“Would the gentleman suspend?” committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) interrupted as Emmer was speaking about job security during the pandemic.
“I’m sorry. Mr. Emmer? Are you OK?” she asked.
“I am,” he replied.
“You’re upside-down, Tom,” someone else said.
“I don’t know how to fix that,” Emmer said.
Lawmakers at the meeting wanted to fix the problem, leading to some chuckles.
“At least you’re not a cat,” someone chimed in, likely referring to Ponton.
“You’re going viral, Tom,” another person pointed out.
“I don’t know what happened. It just came out this way. I turned it off and turned it back on and I’m still ...” Emmer said without finishing the thought.
A few seconds later, though, the problem was fixed, eliciting a few cheers and smiles.
Emmer had no problem poking fun at himself about the snafu.
He shared a screenshot of him upside down from the call on his Twitter page.
“I am not a cat,” he captioned it.