Paul Ryan's Gavel Bang

Paul Ryan's Gavel Bang

Part of a series on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [View Related Entries]

Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 11:19AM EST by Matt.

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Paul Ryan's Gavel Bang is a series of image macros and jokes that referencing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's banging of the gavel to declare the passage of the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017.


On December 19th, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, a piece of legislature that Speaker Ryan has enthusiastically championed. After the house passed the bill, Ryan, as is his duty, banged the gavel to declare the bill passed (video below).[1]


Shortly after the video of the gavel banging was posted online, people began joking about the gavel falling off the table, personifying the gavel as trying to escape Ryan and the bill, which polling has found to be unpopular amongst the American public.[2] That day, Twitter [3] user @markgongloff posted a gif of the moment with the caption "That's a little on the nose, House gavel." The post (shown below) received more than 600 retweets and 1,800 likes in less than 24 hours.

Throughout the day, people continued to joke about how the gavel disagreed with Ryan's support of the policy, that it's falling off the bench was it trying to escape (examples below).

Twitter published a Moments[4] page regarding the joke to commemorate and archive the popularity of the gavel escaping.

Never seen a gavel "nope" its way away from a House Speaker before Greg Greene @ggreeneva Even your gavel wants nothing to do with you, @SpeakerRyan. GIF Well this is symbolic. Paul Ryan slams the Speaker's gavel on the table after the vote on the tax bill, puts it down, and it falls away from him #201 8Midterms Evan McMurry@evanmcmurry With a triumphant gavel bang, @SpeakerRyan presides over passage of House GOP tax bill. GIF Even your gavel wants nothing to do with you, @SpeakerRyan. GIF

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BRK: Tax Bill passes House 227-203. Paul Ryan bangs his gavel so hard it bounces off the lectern Dear Paul Ryan's gavel: welcome to the resistance. Brian L Kahn Φ @blkahn House Republicans just passed the #GOPTaxBill. This is what it means for energy, climate and Paul Ryan's gavel Show this thread GIF Find someone who loves you as much as Paul Ryan loves his gavel #TaxCutsandJobsAct CNN @CNN Here's the moment Speaker Paul Ryan banged a gavel to signify that the House approved the tax reform bill GIF
Paul Ryan banged that gavel like a man who knows he just landed lifetime employment in private equity. Paul Ryan can't even gavel into the heads of poor children right. Ted Johnson. @tedstew House will have to vote again tomorrow on the tax bill, because some provisions violated Senate rules and will have to be removed. Replying to @evanmcmurry @SpeakerRyan The gavel even know this bill is crap & wants to get away from it.

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