Republican Sen. Jerry Moran seemed to go to extreme measures to get around the press, leaving surprised journalists behind to report on his “escape.”
Hours after he announced he opposed the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill, dooming it to failure, the senator from Kansas was confronted by reporters pressing him for answers on his decision.
Though he did take a few minutes to answer some of their questions, eventually Moran broke away, leaping across a set of subway tracks.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 18, 2017
Of course, with the press in attendance, there were plenty of photos to capture the moment and just as many variations of how, exactly, Moran exited.
Jerry Moran just leapt onto/over the Senate subway tracks to get out of a scrum of reporters.
— Sam Baker (@sam_baker) July 18, 2017
❄️❄️❄️ Run, Jerry, run! ❄️❄️❄️
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) July 18, 2017
— Michael Mathes (@MichaelMathes) July 18, 2017
— Andrew Harnik (@andyharnik) July 18, 2017
— Sherman Smith (@sherman_news) July 18, 2017
Moran’s office clarified that saying the senator was running would be an exaggeration, but conceded that he “leapt” across the tracks, according to the Washington Examiner.
A spokesman confirmed to the Examiner that the senator did, in fact, speak with the press for a few minutes before jumping across the tracks.
“The Senator stopped and answered a number of questions from reporters before crossing the tracks because he had to go vote. He even spoke to reporters again after he crossed the tracks. This was simply a light-hearted, display of athleticism, in an effort to not push his way through dozens of reporters and get to votes,” Tom Brandt said in a statement.
Moran along with fellow Republican, Sen. Mike Lee from Utah, announced their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, on Monday night.
His “athleticism” on the subway tracks Tuesday inspired countless memes and lots of reaction on Twitter.
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What a coward. Jerry Moran from Kansas runs away
From reporters not wanting to answer any quest.
Abt his no to HC. Who are you working for?
— @carolinaqueens (@cbab1232001) July 19, 2017
He better run home and start working for reelection because he’ll have a fight on his hands.
— James Dudley (@jamesdudley45) July 18, 2017
He can run but he can’t hide 2018 is coming.
— Tim Siebecker (@timothyjamessos) July 18, 2017
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) July 18, 2017
The third rail of politics
— Doremus Jessup (@DoremusJ) July 18, 2017
— Currently Nerdy (@CurrentlyNerdy) July 18, 2017
Jumping the tracks like he’s got a great health plan & no worrys
— keith johnson (@keith_johnson) July 18, 2017
— Dick, the human (@SmichardRith) July 18, 2017
United States Senator from Kansas, ladies and gentlemen
— Todd Bishop (@shipdrummer) July 18, 2017
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