Viewers took to social media to ask whether the 37-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy was drooling, while others expressed their disgust and suggested he had enjoyed a serving of greasy pizza or fried chicken before the speech.
“Is it chapstick? Vaseline? WHATS HAPPENING JOE KENNEDY #SOTUResponse I love you and I respect what you’re saying but what’s happening with your shiny lips,” Twitter user Madeleine Stamper wrote.
“This is petty but Joe Kennedy III used a little too much lip gloss on them small lips. That shine in the corners is distracting me,” user @AvyGaga wrote.
“I took great comfort in @joekennedy’s poetic clarity and fastidiously moist lips,” musician Kay Hanley wrote.
Kennedy tweeted before he took the stage in Fall River, Mass., and wrote, ““Lucky tie, check. Water bottle, check. Big smile, check. OK, friends, in just a few minutes, I’ll address the nation.”
The Democrat criticized the Trump administration for “turning American life into a zero sum game where for one to win, another must lose.”
He also tried to undercut Trump’s optimistic tone and reminded voters of the personal insults and attacks often leveled by the President.
“Bullies may land a punch,” Kennedy said. “They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.”