Missouri Rep. Billy Long, a 9-year congressional veteran known for his quirky personality, made headlines again during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address this Tuesday thanks to what he had stuffed in his suit’s breast pocket: cash.
Long became a sensation after the following clip of him enthusiastically giving the president a thumbs up — all as money was hanging out of his pocket — went viral on social media:
Missouri Republican Billy Long appears to be using a straight up wad of cash as a pocket square … pic.twitter.com/s6et00n7cL
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) February 5, 2020
As the clip went viral, two distinct reactions began pouring in: Disgust from those offended by his quirky stunts and his appreciation for the president’s incontestable accomplishments, and laughter/praise from everybody else.
See examples of the first reaction below:
While MO Rep Billy Long & his literal pocket full of cash, asked Trump to sign his tie at the SOTU tonight. Mo GOP is a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/oXDAHkCjog
— Blue bark (@showmeblues) February 5, 2020
— tammy luthy (@whocanstandit) February 5, 2020
I’m tired of old, gross, white men running everything.
— Fangirl *All is well* (@amifangirl) February 5, 2020
The embodiment of Fat Cat politics.
— ExBFF (@exBFF) February 5, 2020
Yup. Ol’ Rep Billy Long MO
Thinks it’s funny to CELEBRATE Greed, Graft ad Corruption. https://t.co/IlGO8Hc3MS
— Nancy (@focused4USA) February 5, 2020
These guys have never made more money in their lives. Is it any wonder they salivate over his every word?
— ?????????? (@lacunalingua) February 5, 2020
There’s a guy at the State of the Union who literally has cash sticking out of his pocket. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture that sums up D.C. better. #SOTU #SOTU2020 #SOTUboycott pic.twitter.com/aaSAHx7cIS
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) February 5, 2020
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) February 5, 2020
Here’s a little secret: The money in his pocket was fake.
Last year, he decided to produce (or have produced) a bunch of $45 bills with the president’s face on them. He revealed as much after the left began shrieking in rage over him being seen at the president’s impeachment hearings with cash in his pocket.
“Glad to see @reddit & @Twitter are all abuzz about my @realDonaldTrump $45 Bills!” he jokingly announced on Dec. 18. “Only bill I got passed last Congress, I got the 45th #POTUS put on the $45 Bill. Signed one for Justice Gors[u]ch at White House Ball & @TuckerCarlson tonight.#MAGA #KAG.”
Glad to see @reddit & @Twitter are all abuzz about my @realDonaldTrump $45 Bills! Only bill I got passed last Congress, I got the 45th #POTUS put on the $45 Bill. Signed one for Justice Gorsch at White House Ball & @TuckerCarlson tonight.#MAGA #KAG pic.twitter.com/Afn3BkSHHi
— Billy Long (@auctnr1) December 19, 2019
Missouri’s own Rep. Billy Long. That wad of cash is a bunch of fake $45 bills with Trump’s mug on them. pic.twitter.com/sVa7S2t26O
— Emily A. (@emzorbit) December 18, 2019
He made the announcement after the following photo went viral:
There you have it folks. If this picture of Republican Billy Long sitting at the impeachment hearing with money sticking out of his pocket doesn’t sum up the irony of the Trump Administration; I don’t know what will. #TrumpImpeachment pic.twitter.com/7iXY8rzMnj
— Joseph Earl Henry (@JEHADAMS) December 18, 2019
In response to Long announcing via Twitter that he was just playing around, the perpetually angry left pounced with fury, accusing him of being a “sluglike creature” who’s accomplished nothing during his tenure in office and fat-shaming him.
Ah, so you’re the sluglike creature I saw overflowing your chair while Dougie was screaming…
— Ruth says dump the drumpf! ? (@ruthumstweets) December 20, 2019
“Only bill I got passed last Congress…” he tweeted, bragging about his complete lack of effectiveness.
— Frank 5 Angels (@AngelsFrank) December 20, 2019
May want to have your thyroid checked. Or do some pushups AWAY from the table, little tubby.
— Hans Petersen (@HansPeterSnow) December 20, 2019
Enjoy the extra grease with your dinner tonight.
— Cory Gardner’s moral compass ?? (@TamelaM) December 20, 2019
But how many of those have you eaten?
— Nigel Peppercock (@NigelPepperck) December 20, 2019
Maybe you can pass a bill for one of those neck rolls
— PhillyFlopp2024 (@flopp2024) December 20, 2019
One can only imagine how these same sorts of liberal Democrats would respond if Long were to one day announce that he’d been diagnosed with cancer …
Despite all the rage from the “Twitterati,” there have been some Americans who’ve enjoyed his harmless antics:
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) February 5, 2020
Billy Long is the best SOTU attendant. pic.twitter.com/R1u38rdwOc
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) February 5, 2020
As for Long, he didn’t appear to take any offense to the hate. He did seem bothered, though, by House Speaker Pelosi’s own stunt, which involved ripping up her copy of the president’s SOTU address.
In tweets posted after the address concluded, he urged Pelosi to do something positive for once and auction off her ripped-up speech for charity:
I went up to @SpeakerPelosi as she was showing off her ripped up speech to the gallery and I said you should auction that off for charity. She said no I’m keeping it for prosperity. I said no auction it for charity. That’s what I’m doing w/the tie @realDonaldTrump signed tonight
— Billy Long (@auctnr1) February 5, 2020
It was a @StJudeResearch tie just like the one he signed for me last year. @naaauctioneers auctioned that one off and it brought $15,000 for @StJude. That ripped up speech would bring a lot of money for a worthy charity. Encourage Nancy to #Auction it for a good cause. #SOTU2020
— Billy Long (@auctnr1) February 5, 2020
Prior to joining Congress, Long was a veteran auctioneer who’d been inducted into both the National Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame
He first caught the public’s attention when he used his auctioneering skills to drown out a congressional protester two years ago.
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