Rand Paul was hoping to have a big night during the Republican presidential primary debate, but probably not in the way it panned out for him.
CNN moderators tried to lighten the intense mood Wednesday by asking contenders what they would choose to be their Secret Service code names if they were elected president.
Put on the spot for a question that probably felt out of left field, the presidential hopefuls did pretty well, keeping the names short and uncontroversial, well, except for one.
Rand Paul’s chosen name of “Justice Never Sleeps” garnered mountains of mockery on social media. After all, the question was meant to lighten things up already!
Rand Paul wants his presidential code name to be “Justice Never Sleeps.” You’re a 10th-place presidential wannabe, not Batman #GOPDebate
— Logan Smith (@LoganJames) September 17, 2015
Rand Paul could have summed up his Secret Service codename “Justice Never Sleeps” in one word: Batman. #GOPDebate — Austin Faulkner (@AFaulk13) September 17, 2015
Rand Paul can even be a buzzkill on a fluff question. He wants his Secret Service code name to be “Justice Never Sleeps”? #zzzz
— Ian Casselberry (@iancass) September 17, 2015
Humble True heart Unit 2 Secretariat Ever-ready One nation Cohiba Gator Justice Never Sleeps The self-chosen code names at #CNNDebate — Ari Melber (@AriMelber) September 17, 2015
I’m not sure Rand Paul got the concept that a Secret Service code name should be faster to say than your actual name.
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) September 17, 2015
Rand Paul DOES seem like the kind of person who would force Secret Service to call him “Justice Never Sleeps” — Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) September 17, 2015
“Justice Never Sleeps” is gonna be your Secret Service code name?…Come on, Rand. Just come on. No, dude, come on. Really. Come on, man.
— Scott Conroy (@ScottFConroy) September 17, 2015
For real. But Paul was on the spot. Still, social media had no mercy:
Rand Paul apparently has no sense of humor, picks code name ‘justiceneversleeps’ #RepublicanDebate — Lynn Lipinski (@lynnlipinski) September 17, 2015
“Home base, we need an update on POTUS.” “Justice Never Sleeps is in the residence… sleeping.”
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 17, 2015
Justice Never Sleeps pic.twitter.com/tXW7Zrvnkr — Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) September 17, 2015
.@toddzwillich The men who’d take a bullet for POTUS would see his body hit the floor before they got his code name out! #RandPaul
— Mike aka Proof (@ProofBlog) September 17, 2015
Rand Paul with the WORST codename of all time, this is why Donald put you in that locker — Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 17, 2015
Now that’s just mean.
Speaking of Donald, his codename was “Humble.” Something that could also be mock-worthy, but Trump mostly got away unscathed.
#DonaldTrump says his code name with the Secret Service would be… “Humble.” Well played, sir, well played. #GOPDebate
— Maddie Orton (@maddieortonNJTV) September 17, 2015
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