Little kid hams it up on C-SPAN while GOP Rep. talks about Trump conviction


‘Legend’: Congressman’s son hams it up on C-SPAN while dad gives impassioned pro-Trump speech

It was quite the contrast.


Tricia Crimmins


A small, red-headed child in Congress became an internet sensation as he smiled widely at C-SPAN cameras while the station broadcast a speech by Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.).

While Rose talked, the kid—later identified by the Tennessean as his son Guy—shifted, moving in front of the cameras. He then made a series of goofy faces.

The C-SPAN clip was posted on X by Aaron Fritschner, Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-Va.) deputy chief of staff. In the video, Rose condemns former President Donald Trump’s recent felony New York conviction for paying off an adult film star during the 2016 election.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address the terrible precedent set in our country four days ago,” Rose said. “Using the justice system to engage in a politically driven prosecution and now conviction of a major political party nominee running for president.”

During the speech, Guy began smiling at the camera. And as Rose spoke about the tradition of “settling political differences at the ballot box,” his son started sticking his tongue out and rolling his eyes. Then, he pretended to die and hung his head with his tongue out comically.

“So sorry I was slow responding to your email, I was tied up watching this over and over again,” Fritschner tweeted about the video.

Fritschner’s tweet went viral. Many X users seemed to enjoy it as much as he did.

“Legend,” an X user wrote.

“When cameras first got brought into the House, Tip O’Neill was adamant that they be at fixed positions and angles, so members would know to stay *out* of those zones if they didn’t want to be on the screen,” another person said. “This kid took the opposite route, seized his opportunity.”

“The kid is still better behaved than Marjorie Taylor Greene,” another X user quipped.

In the wake of Trump’s conviction, some have made jokes at the former president’s expense, while others—like Rose—have been outraged by it.

Where Rose’s son stands on it, given his father’s take and his silly faces, is unknown.

This post has been updated to note the child in the video is Rose’s son Guy.

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