Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced he was running for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, and it looks like his speech was a real scream ― literally.
At a couple of moments during the speech, Scott made some weird sounds that are reminding people of former presidential candidate Howard Dean’s 2004 scream that reportedly hurt his own candidacy.
At the beginning of his speech, Scott came out and bellowed, “Hello, North Charleston,” only to have his voice crack at the end.
He then danced his way to the middle of the stage before quipping, “Obviously, I can’t dance — you knew that already.”
As the video up top shows, Scott also experienced a technical snafu when his microphone went out during his speech, forcing him to wait until a substitute mic could be handed to him.
“Let’s see if this one works. All right,” he said. “But under Joe Biden, our nation is not a nation in decline, but under Joe Biden, we have become a nation in retreat.”
When Scott got to the point in his speech where he actually announced his run, he sounded more like wrestling announcer Michael Buffer, who is famous for the catchphrase “Let’s get ready to rummmmmmble!”
According to RealClearPolitics, Scott is only polling 1.8% among Republicans, so he was probably hoping a good speech would give his campaign momentum.
However, it appears that Twitter users were mostly focused on his scream, and many people made direct connections to Dean’s scream in 2004.
Scott’s campaign did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, but you can see how Twitter users reacted below.