It's been a very hard year for almost all Americans, and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) is no exception.
During a recent virtual Senate hearing, Carper was called on to question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy but was met with technical difficulties and couldn't seem to make his audio work.
As the chairperson of the hearing decided to move past Carper to the next Senator, Carper's mic seemed to turn on just in time to catch his frustrated outburst:
"F*ck, f*ck, f*ck!"
Sen. Tom Carper had an unfortunate hot mic moment when he dropped the f-bomb during this morning’s nationally telev… https://t.co/r2Rce2qMjJ— POLITICO (@POLITICO) 1598025600.0
Sen. Tom Carper just had quite the hot mic moment when he thought he was still muted.— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1598018157.0
It seemed immediately obvious that the moment would go viral.
Carper even got ahead of the story by tweeting several tongue-in-cheek references to his profanity and calling attention to the postal service crisis.
Those who know me know that there are few things that get me more fired up than protecting the Postal Service! #DontMessWithUSPS— Senator Tom Carper (@Senator Tom Carper) 1598022533.0
Now that I have your attention, an important reminder: https://t.co/rrOKzvnEDU— Senator Tom Carper (@Senator Tom Carper) 1598055111.0
Blooper aside, Tom Carper knows more about the postal service than any other U S Senator.— Claire McCaskill (@Claire McCaskill) 1598018204.0
On Twitter, many people felt they knew exactly what Carper was going through.
2020 in a single video: (Tom Carper is a gem) https://t.co/KGNvKk0w8k— Santiago Mayer (@Santiago Mayer) 1598018453.0
Delaware’s Tom Carper with America’s morning mood. https://t.co/AATR2ASqvs— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1598018395.0
2020 has everyone feeling pretty similar to Tom Carper.
Senator Tom Carper dropping a triple f-bomb on air is, as the youths would say, a mood.— Chris Chiappetti (@Chris Chiappetti) 1598018015.0
Regarding Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE): A person cursing up a storm over technical difficulties getting through on a Zoom… https://t.co/joVAECOnv6— Eric Kleefeld (@Eric Kleefeld) 1598018371.0
Live television will never disappoint when it comes to hilarious moments like these.
Tom Carper (D-DE) goin off today. https://t.co/2gOKx6tgx5— Groyper Unlimited (@Groyper Unlimited) 1598018119.0
Tom Carper! Unknowingly says the F word 3 times on a hot mic during this zoom hearing when he couldn’t get off mut… https://t.co/iaLhvTHOJj— Kate Bolduan (@Kate Bolduan) 1598018249.0
Senator Tom Carper having Zoom issues and handling it well https://t.co/3EMRnOJTi2— Hayes (@Hayes) 1598018144.0
Hopefully, someday, Senate hearings will return to the Capitol building, where the only F-bombs dropped are behind closed doors.