For one hour on Twitter Thursday night, people stopped fretting about Donald Trump dropping out of the debate and began chatting about Jim Gilmore dropping in.
Gilmore, in case you forgot, is still running for the Republican nomination. Though he had not appeared in a Republican debate since the first one last August. He has been polling so low that RealClearPolitics doesn’t even list him in their poll averages. And yet he never dropped out — and one recent national poll gave him the boost he needed to earn himself a podium at Thursday night’s early debate. To his credit, the former Virginia governor still doggedly maintains that he should be the next president of the United States.
The unexpected return of the former Virginia governor to the GOP race catapulted his name to the list of trending topics on Twitter. The resurrection of Gilmore was received with enthusiasm, charmed exasperation, sincere praise, and several Gilmore Girls jokes. Here’s just a sampling.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) January 29, 2016
“Jim Gilmore, the voters of Stars Hollow are concerned about the decline in coffee quality at Luke’s Diner.Can you make Luke’s great again?”
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 29, 2016
Jim Gilmore is actually running on a dare from a neighbor. He wins 50 bucks + the neighbor’s kid shovels his snow for a whole week.
— FilmLadd (@FilmLadd) January 29, 2016
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 29, 2016
The BuzzFeed office just went up in applause for @gov_gilmore
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 29, 2016
Q for Jim Gilmore at #GOPDebate: If you were the nominee, would you start actually campaigning at that point?
— Leah Libresco (@LeahLibresco) January 29, 2016
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) January 28, 2016
Jim Gilmore just used the phrase “when I become president of the United States” non-ironically.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 29, 2016
“Did you miss me? Did you skip me?–Gilmore, who has been more present at #GOPDebate than at any other time in the campaign.
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) January 29, 2016
Hard to imagine a better example of the entitlement mentality than Jim Gilmore complaining he’s not getting enough airtime.
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) January 29, 2016
Unhappy Gilmore is a little confused on the debate rules. #GOPDebate
— Kennedy (@KennedyNation) January 29, 2016
everybody watching the undercard debate simultaneously googling “where did Jim Gilmore come from” https://t.co/qh4tO9cnxf
— Filipa Ioannou (@obioannoukenobi) January 29, 2016
— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) January 29, 2016
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 29, 2016
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) January 29, 2016
Gilmore at this very moment is now the second most searched candidate, according to Google
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 29, 2016
I have never heard of Jim Gilmore
— Asieh Namdar (@asiehnamdar) January 29, 2016
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