Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) was wrapping up her closing arguments against her rival for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The two Democrats have been locked in a dramatic Senate race for several months, with Harris holding a steady lead over her opponent.
“Remember this on Election Day,” Sanchez said over interruptions from moderator Marc Brown. “Don’t vote for the establishment. Vote Sanchez.”
And then, this happened.
Yes, Adrian, she did, indeed, dab. Here's a still image.
Harris didn’t miss a beat. “So, there’s a clear difference between the candidates in this race,” she said.
The dab, a dance move popularized by the rap group Migos and later brought into the mainstream by football star Cam Newton, involves nodding your head toward one elbow while stretching the other arm out long. It’s like sneezing with style.
Here’s a demonstration:
Twitter immediately seized on the opportunity to have fun at Sanchez’s expense.
Harris's communications director Nathan Click rapidly retweeted users mocking Sanchez before adding his two cents. “Her dab was as weak as the rest of her debate performance,” he tweeted.
Sanchez's spokesman said that her moves would help her appeal to that coveted cohort: millennial voters.
Orange County's Young Democrats, at least, seemed to appreciate the gesture.
This isn’t the first time dabbing has appeared on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton notoriously tried the move during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in January, back when Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy was threatening to draw away The Youth from her campaign.
Ric Sanchez contributed to this report.