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Congressman goes viral for carrying ‘Trump cash’ in his pocket at State of the Union

It's subtle.


Claire Goforth


Posted on Feb 4, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:17 pm CDT

Tonight’s State of the Union address affords President Donald Trump and Republicans an opportunity bask in the sun during the darkness of the impeachment proceedings.

One congressman appropriated a ray of their spotlight with an unconventional accessory: hard, cold “cash.”

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) showed up to the speech with what looked to be a wad of cash sticking out of his jacket pocket.

People were quick to notice Long’s accouterments.

As it turns out, Long’s bedazzling with dollars wasn’t a gaffe—it’s kind of his thing.

In December, the Missourian congressman went viral for attending impeachment hearings with fake $45 bills with Trump’s face sticking out of his pocket, reports the Springfield News-Leader.

“It’s pretty easy to trigger the liberals,” he told the paper at the time.

Doug Andres, whose Twitter bio states that he’s the press secretary for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.), tweeted tonight, “He hands them out all the time. No joke.”

“This isn’t the first time he’s had cash spilling out of his pocket like a Roaring 20’s cartoon fat cat,” @JenBriney tweeted. “The last time, they were $45 fake bills with Trump’s face on them. I bet that gag is getting recycled.”

Irrespective of Long’s amusement, the influence of money in politics is a serious concern for many Americans.

A 2018 study by the University of Maryland and nonpartisan research group Voice of the People found that a majority of Americans support a constitutional amendment to overturn the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that paved the way for unlimited campaign contributions.

At the end of the speech, Rep. Long had Trump sign his tie.


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*First Published: Feb 4, 2020, 9:30 pm CST