Doug Jones’ Gay Son’s Side Eye of Mike Pence Is for All of Us Who Didn’t Vote for Trump

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence (right) as Jones’ wife, Louise, and son Carson look on at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The gay son of Alabama’s newest senator, Doug Jones, just gave Vice President Mike Pence a pretty mean side eye with one look—and in that moment, he captured everything that everyone has ever felt about this deplorable administration.

On Wednesday, Jones was sworn in on the Senate floor and then participated in a mock swearing-in ceremony, taking the oath of office from the anti-gay-everything Pence, reports. Standing beside Jones were his wife, Louise, and sons Christopher and Carson. As the new site reports, Carson, 22, is out and had no time for Pence, who openly opposes all things same-sex, and issued the most vicious of side eyes that perfectly and equally encapsulated both “Go fuck yourself” and “I hate your ass.”


I’ve spoken with The Root’s deputy managing editor, and our resident side-eye expert, Yesha Callahan, who notes that’s Carson’s side eye isn’t vicious enough. She gives it a 7 on a scale of Kellyanne Conway to Maxine Waters.

“It’s not mean enough,” Callahan said. “He needed to add a lip curl or the face that you make when something stinks.”

And she’s right. While Carson clearly pulls off the “I don’t fuck with you like that” look that side eyes always imply, a lip curl would have sealed the deal. I’m assuming that Carson was trying to be respectful of the event for his father, and I’m here for that.

Even Carson had fun with the photo, as he posted an image of it to his Instagram with #NoCaptionNeeded.


Please rate Carson Jones’ congressional swearing-in side eye below.


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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.