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‘Little Marco’ is the cutest, saddest 2016 election meme

It began with an awkward photo. You can guess what happened next.


Kate Conger

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 6, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:15 am CDT

Marco Rubio is having a rough week. Donald Trump lashed out at the Florida senator during Thursday night’s debate, calling him a “little guy” and “little Marco,” and Rubio’s showing in Saturday night’s primaries was similarly small. The Internet, never one to sympathize with floundering politicians, responded by Photoshopping tiny versions of Rubio into unusual settings. 

The Photoshops stem from an image snapped by Elizabeth Frantz while Rubio visited a furniture store in New Hampshire last August. Like every other picture with inherent comedic dimensions, it has since become a meme.

AIDE: he’s calling you “little Marco”RUBIO: what if i sit in this huge chairAIDE: no, why would you—
RUBIO: weeeee

— Matt Negrin (@MattNegrin) March 5, 2016

Reddit users recently took the image to new heights using Photoshop.

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And because no meme would be complete without it, here’s the Game of Thrones reference.

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Photo via Elizabeth Frantz/Twitter

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*First Published: Mar 6, 2016, 2:26 pm CST