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Son of a Republican causes a stir with grimaces in the House of Representatives

Republican Rep. John Rose's son, Guy, has gone viral on social media after the six-year-old made funny faces during his father's speech in the House of Representatives on Monday.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), C-SPAN shared a video that garnered nearly 200,000 views showing the moment Rose's son grimaces as his father discusses former President Donald Trump's guilty verdict in his hush money case.

As his father spoke, Guy began making faces and rolling his eyes toward the camera.

Since Trump's guilty verdict, some Republicans, including Rose, have expressed their support for the former president.

Tennessee Republican Rep. John Rose speaks to the press during a visit to Congress in El Paso, Texas, March 15, 2021. Rose's son has gone viral on social media after making funny faces on the site…


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Trump was found guilty last week in a trial brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment to Daniels by Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, which he denies. Trump maintains his innocence and says the case is politically motivated. His legal team says they will fight the case and appeal if necessary.

In the video shared by C-SPAN, Rose, a Republican from Tennessee, took the opportunity to criticize the ruling, repeating Trump's claims that the case was politically motivated and a “weaponization of our justice system.”

“Regardless of one's opinion of the current Republican candidate, we should remember that we have long played an important role in this country in resolving political differences at the ballot box,” Rose said.

At that moment, Rose's son, who was sitting behind the Republican as he spoke, stuck out his tongue and rolled his eyes, then swiveled his head to the right with his tongue hanging out of the corner of his mouth.

Rose continued, “For nearly two and a half centuries, our nation's elected officials have resisted the temptation to fight their political rivals by exploiting our justice system. Equal justice for all and a complete trust in our justice system are fundamental to who we are as Americans.”

Meanwhile, in the background, Guy continued to make faces and then made what appeared to be crying gestures, holding his hands over his eyes.

In an email to Newsweek, Rose's office said Guy spent the week with the congressman after the 6-year-old finished school.

“This is his first chance to watch his father at work, as the two spend the week together. The congressman's youngest son, Sam (3), and his wife Chelsea are back in Tennessee as she works full time, so the congressman is offering him a little relief as both boys are home this summer,” said Blake Stevens, Rose's press secretary.

Since the video made the rounds on social media, some have found the moment to be a comical diversion during the tense negotiations in the House of Representatives.

Aaron Fritschner, deputy chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, shared the video in a post on X that garnered over 930,000 views.

“Sorry for replying so late to your email, I was busy looking at this over and over again,” Fritschner wrote on X.

While X-user and media researcher John Lovett called the moment “one of the most exciting things that has happened on C-SPAN.”

Responding to his son's comedic antics, Rose wrote on X: “This is what I get for telling my son Guy to smile at the camera for his little brother.”

Meanwhile, Trump continued to target the justice system after the verdict was announced on Thursday, declaring outside the courtroom: “This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial led by a corrupt judge who had conflicts of interest.”

President Joe Biden on Friday called Trump's comments casting doubt on the legal system “reckless” and his rhetoric “dangerous,” adding: “It's irresponsible for someone to say this was rigged just because they don't like the verdict.”

Biden and Trump will compete for the White House again in 2020 after winning enough primaries to become their party's presumptive nominees. Their first debate is scheduled for June 27, with a second in September.