Paul Ryan Tells Lawmakers Son to “Stop Dabbing”

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A commemorative picture in Congress is no place for “dabbing,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Wisconsin Republican shut down a young man’s attempts Tuesday to pull off the popular gesture. 

After being sworn into the new Congress Tuesday, Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall (R) paused to take a photo with his family and Ryan when the newly reelected Speaker stopped short as Marshall’s raised his arm toward his face.

The mid-photo pose, a dance move popularized by celebrities like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the rap group Migos seemed to confuse Ryan.

Ryan can be heard in the video asking if the young man was all right.

“Do you want to put your hand down?” Ryan asks. “Are you going to sneeze?”

After the photo, Marshall’s son laughed. Ryan patted him on the shoulder and said, “Don’t worry about it.” 

Later on Tuesday, Marshall tweeted that he had grounded his son.

And Ryan tweeted that while he saw “countless cute kids” on Tuesday, he still doesn’t “get what dabbing is.”

This isn’t the first time dabbing has collided with politics. Earlier during the campaign cycle, former California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who was running for Senate but lost to Kamala Harris (D), dabbed during the state’s only debate. During her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton (D) learned to dab on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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