During the vice presidential debate Thursday evening, Republican Paul Ryan cited the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya as evidence that foreign policy is unraveling.
Joe Biden’s rebuttal to Ryan caught the online audience’s attention, due to his unique choice of word. “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey, because not a single thing was accurate,” the vice president claimed.
Sure enough, the Twitter hashtag #malarkey began to trend in the U.S. quickly after the comment.
Most used it as humor, while others are firing back at Biden with his own outdated term. Here are a couple things Twitter users had to say.
Raise a glass every time Biden says “malarkey,” “oh god” or gives us a big toothy grin.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 12, 2012
Malarkey. DRINK THE WHOLE BOTTLE.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 12, 2012
Biden on Romney “He changes his mind so often I could be wrong.”#malarkey
— Stephanie Cutter (@stefcutter) October 12, 2012
— Roger Smith (@RogerSmith2012) October 12, 2012
BOOM, YOU JUST GOT BIDENED. #malarkey
— Joe Muto (@JoeMuto) October 12, 2012
Ryan: “I’ll see your ‘malarkey’ and raise you a ‘Gosh yes.’ “
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) October 12, 2012
— Rafalca Romney (@RafalcaRomney) October 12, 2012
Shortly after the trend picked steam, the Obama administration turned malarkey into a marketing opportunity. Anyone searching the word on Twitter will see an advertisement from Joe Biden’s official account at the top.
RT if you agree: Our economy grows from the middle out and the bottom up—not from the top down. twitter.com/JoeBiden/statu…
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2012