Republican Senator Orrin Hatch may have just had the most relatable moment of the day when he went to take off a pair of glasses that weren't actually there.
Anyone with glasses knows the feeling well. You reach up to adjust or remove your glasses, and then you realize that they aren't there, and you just made a fool of yourself.
Unfortunately for the Utah senator, his laughable moment came during a televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday while he was in the middle of questioning Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and the clip quickly went viral after The Wrap's Jon Levine shared it on Twitter.
Yea, but he literally took them off. Didn't just reach for them & remember he didn't have them on! lol...— Lisa Walsh (@lwalshmill) January 16, 2018
Your so not high enough, I bet you didn't even notice that he then took them off the table and put them BACK ON...using only telepathy.— Jay Moore (@JayMoore555) January 16, 2018
Correct. The Senator forgot his glasses this morning.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 16, 2018
Folks, give credit where credit is due: This is a pretty great response. 😂😂😂👏👏👏— Susen Rotto (@SusenRotto) January 16, 2018
According to Matt Whitlock, Hatch's communication director, the senator forgot his glasses at home. "The Senator wears reading glasses and normally reads over his notes one last time before questioning witnesses in a hearing," he explained to The Hill. Hatch's embarrassing moment "was simply muscle memory to reach to take them off before his questioning began."
We're guessing he won't make that mistake again.
But in the meantime we have a very useful new meme, so thank you, Sen. Hatch.