U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland shouted out the rapper a few times during his testimony, even name-checking Rocky during his opening statement as he recalled a July 26 phone call with Trump. "It's true that the president speaks loudly at times and it's also true I think we primarily discussed A$AP Rocky," Sondland told the House Intelligence Committee. "It's true that the president likes to use colorful language. Anyone who has met with him for any reasonable amount of time knows this."
At another point during the hearing, Sondland said that a reference to Rocky "triggered my memory," which led to him changing his impeachment testimony.
As fans know, Rocky was taken into police custody in Stockholm on July 3 and remained locked up for a month after being accused of assaulting 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari during a street fight. Despite footage of the incident showing that Rocky and his crew acting in self-defense, Rocky and members of his team were charged with assault.
Given the fact that cameras showed that the rapper and his crew were not the aggressors in the situation, the incident sparked somewhat of an international incident, with Trump even getting involved when Sweden refused to release Rocky without having a full-blown trial. With millions calling for his release, including the President, Swedish officials decided to release Rocky after he spent a month behind bars and took the stand at his assault trial. He was later found guilty and given a two-year suspended sentence.
During Wednesday's hearing, department of State official David Holmes mentioned Rocky's arrest when discussing a now-infamous phone call between Sondland and Trump. Holmes claimed he heard the ambassador tell the president to "let [Rocky] get sentenced, play the racism card, give him a ticker-tape when he comes home."
With all that tea, Twitter, of course, erupted with tons of memes and gifs reacting to Wednesday's hearing. Check out a few below.
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