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Tim Scott's 'Howard Dean moment' sparks an avalanche of jokes, memes

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Republican 2024 presidential candidate Tim Scott is facing ridicule after what he called a “Howard Dean moment” during his campaign announcement speech.

The US senator from South Carolina insisted during his announcement in North Charleston on Monday that he is “the candidate who fears the most”. As the speech began, Scott’s voice appeared to break out in a high-pitched shout as he greeted the crowd, “Hello, North Charleston!”

“Howard Dean” soon trended on Twitter, with comparisons drawn between the GOP senator and Dean, the former Vermont governor whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination became famous after an emotional campaign speech outspoken that ” Known as the “Dean”. scream.”

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GOP Senator Tim Scott, left, is pictured Monday in North Charleston, South Carolina, announcing his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race, while Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential nominee, in West Des He is shown shouting during a speech. Moines, Iowa, on January 19, 2004. Social media users compared Scott to Dean after the senator emitted a similar shrill voice in his campaign announcement.
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“Tim Scott had his Howard Dean moment, which was really the first second of his presidential campaign,” said journalist Aaron Ruper. Tweeted Sharing a video during this.

“Who on Tim Scott’s staff brought on Howard Dean as falsetto coach?” Tweeted @ flat 5th.

Who brought Howard Dean on Tim Scott’s staff as falsetto coach?

— John Donnelly (@Flat5th) May 23, 2023

“Tim Scott channels his best Howard Dean to announce his run for president,” @DrewTripp Tweeted,

Democratic strategist Sawyer Hackett said, “This is not the way you want to start a presidential campaign.” Tweeted, “Ouch.”

User @PaulPari6 responded to the comparison by Scott’s speech and Dean’s Tweet featuring a meme family Guy The character and words “Here’s the first pitch… and the season’s over”—an in-joke referencing the plight of fans of the often underperforming New York Mets.

“Why did Tim Scott try to do a Howard Dean impression at the end?” Tweeted @bobbyblue collar. “Heck, she’s almost wearing the same outfit Dean wore back then, too.”

Why did Tim Scott try to do a Howard Dean impression at the end?

Heck, she’s wearing almost the same outfit Dean wore back then too. https://t.co/DKPfdEF5di

— Brian Kemp Resper (@BobbyBlueCollar) May 22, 2023

Newsweek has reached the Scott campaign via email for comment.

While Scott was not universally mocked over the high-pitched emission, a small number of Twitter users defended him and argued that the moment would have no impact on Republican voters.

“Howard Dean had the idea [sic] The campaign was ended on a whim back in the day and is still completely stupid.” Tweeted @DenifLewesa. “The idea that you could do the same thing with Tim Scott today is even more stupid. And people trying to cancel Scott ‘BC Howard Dean’ are idiots.”

The idea that Howard Dean’s campaign ended on a whim back in the day and still is is utterly stupid.

The idea that you can do the same with Tim Scott today is even more silly.

and Scott “BC Howard Dean!” are fools

— Raccoon Dog (@DenifLewesa) May 22, 2023

Scott may face long odds to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. Recent polling averages from RealClearPolitics showed him a distant fifth in the GOP primary, favored by only 1.8 percent of those polled.

Former President Donald Trump, the apparent GOP leader, wished Scott “good luck” at Truth Social Post Hours after his announcement. Trump said Scott was “a big step up from Ron DeSantimonius,” referring to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to enter the race soon.