After President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyFill the Eastern District of Virginia On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (Iowa), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrat Mike Franken launches challenge to Grassley in Iowa Trump heads to Iowa as 2024 chatter grows Photos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and a podium dog MORE (Iowa), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Democrat on controversial Schumer speech: Timing 'may not have been the best' MORE (S.D.) and Mike RoundsMike RoundsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit Schumer frustrates GOP, Manchin with fiery debt ceiling speech Here are the 11 GOP senators who helped advance the debt extension MORE (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 PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Heritage Foundation names new president Fewer than 4 in 10 say US is on right track: poll MORE.
"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 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.