A Republican senator accidentally broke a glass elephant with a toss of a “talking stick” during government shutdown negotiations, and people on Twitter can’t get enough of the symbolism.
Collins reportedly asked attendees to speak only when they were in possession of a “talking stick.” But when Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) interrupted Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Alexander threw the stick to him across the room. It inadvertently crashed into Collins’ glass elephant ornament, and chipped it.
Most senators in attendance saw the funny side, according to CNN. Collins ended up swapping the stick with a rubber ball to prevent further damage.
People online couldn’t resist poking fun at the incident — with some citing the breaking of the elephant (the GOP’s symbol is an elephant) as “nicely symbolic.”
Here’s a sampling of other responses:
This is not the onion.
1) Senators use “talking sticks”
2) One Senator got so angry they threw the talking stick
3) The throw missed its target and broke Senator Collins’ glass elephant.
I repeat, this is not the onion. https://t.co/kv3pYE2Jtw
— Irvin McCullough (@mcculloughirvin) January 22, 2018
A glass elephant? Nicely symbolic. I wonder if in McConnell’s office they use the conch for speaking rights rather than a talking stick. Seems more manly.
— Tom Simon (@tomsimon12345) January 22, 2018