The public impeachment hearings have already spawned several viral moments, and day 3 was no exception.
One witness, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves as the Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council, provided several standout moments, including shutting down Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) after he questioned Vindman’s “character” and “judgment.”
But one of the more lighthearted moments surrounding Vindman didn’t actually involve him at all.
In fact, it happened just behind him as he gave his testimony.
At one point during the proceedings, a woman could be seen enthusiastically chugging her large coffee behind Vindman.
What made it even better was that she appeared to realize that she was on camera, and then went back to guzzling that coffee like a boss.
And people took notice.
Watching this mysterious woman chug her coffee, notice sheâ€™s on camera, and then finish chugging it is a lot more interesting than the actual testimony. #ImpeachmentHearing #impeachment #CNN pic.twitter.com/FmdB61vzfH
— Patrick Ward (@Spaz696969) November 19, 2019
When the coffee is just that good pic.twitter.com/8vPBoIY34H
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) November 19, 2019
The lady downing the coffee behind Lt Col Vindman is my hero. #ImpeachmentHearing
— Cheeto Dust (@PrplPolitics117) November 19, 2019
The woman was later identified as McClatchy Congress reporter Emma Dumain, who confirmed to The New York Post that it was indeed her.
In an interview with Slate, Dumain said that she was aware that she was on camera, since she’d “been getting emails with screengrabs and texts even before the start of the hearing saying, ‘Oh, wow, youâ€™re on TV. Look, I see your head peeking out over there behind the witnesses.'”
But at the moment she decided to down her coffee, she didn’t realize she’d be quite so visible.
“The bottom line is I had no idea in the moment that that was being captured in real time. Zero.”
When asked if the coffee was really that good, Dumain admitted that it was actually just “serviceable” coffee from Pret a Manger.
But she still has a sense of humor about the whole thing, saying:
“Itâ€™s hilarious. It looks ridiculous. The thing that I actually am finding gratifying about the whole thing is I really do think my colleagues are laughing with me and not at me.”
“Maybe Iâ€™m deluding myself, but this actually has been a pretty funny day and kind of a hilarious experience.”
— Emma Dumain (@Emma_Dumain) November 20, 2019
And people were feeling that big coffee mood hard.
.@Emma_Dumain mainlining coffee on live tv behind the witnesses is all of us right now
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 19, 2019
Very relatable. Me every morning.
— RealOaktownGirl (@LJenningsYoung) November 20, 2019
The toddler pre-6am wake up and attempt to return to sleep that leads to a crazy morning is The Truth.
— Meghan McCarthy (@MeghanMcCarthy_) November 20, 2019
If that was during any period of time where Nunnes was speaking, I'm guessing it wasn't coffee. And it was totally necessary.
— jefffos (@jefffos) November 19, 2019
get after it @Emma_Dumain
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) November 19, 2019
(look at camera)
— Robert Penner (@robpenner) November 19, 2019
Whatever gets you through the day.
Thanks for the laugh, Emma!