The seemingly never-ending Benghazi hearing saw Hillary Clinton questioned for 11 hours on Thursday in an effort to show that the former secretary of state failed to protect American diplomats and special forces in the months leading up to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
And while the Democrat presidential candidate endured the grueling ordeal with grace and poise, social media exploded with pleas for it to be over.
The hashtag #FreeHillary quickly trended when Clinton’s testimony finally ended, with many making jokes about what they’d achieved since the hearing began on Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.
“I could have run two marathons and had a nap in the amount of time Hillary Clinton has been testifying,” one Facebook user wrote.
“I’ve gone from being completely shaved to growing a beard during the #BenghaziCommittee hearings,” another said on Twitter.
One witty Twitter user went on to compare Clinton’s relief at the end of the hearing to a scene from “Absolutely Fabulous” with a GIF of Patsy (Joanna Lumley) swigging a glass of champagne.
A smart conspiracy theory was that chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina only ended the questioning session when he saw it was trending on Twitter.
Or was it Clinton’s White House rivals trying to keep her tied up until after the election in November 2016?
See the tweets below.
— Sumedh Lal (@sumedhlal) October 23, 2015
— cassandracarolina (@cassandra17lina) October 23, 2015
— Minerva Cyotha (@cyotha) October 23, 2015
— Maridee Now (@marideenow) October 23, 2015
— dana_kujan (@dana_kujan) October 23, 2015
God, I can't wait to see all of the Hillary OVER IT gifs that come out after today #FREEHILLARY
— MFAM (@mfambloggette) October 23, 2015
— Isha Mehta (@ishkabob) October 23, 2015
— Alasscan™ (@Alasscan_) October 23, 2015
— Marjan Charness (@marjanelise) October 23, 2015
— Lisa C Young (@youngGR) October 23, 2015
— Michelle Ringuette (@Ringuette) October 23, 2015
If the hearing lasts until 3 a.m., someone absolutely has to call her cell phone right in the middle of her testimony. #FreeHillary
— M.S. Bellows, Jr. (@msbellows) October 23, 2015
— proben (@proben) October 23, 2015
— lisa talmadge (@LisaTalmadge) October 23, 2015
— Sarah Carlson (@sarahkcarlson) October 23, 2015
— THE Foo (@PolitiBunny) October 23, 2015