Well this bites.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared to lose a tooth in the middle of a Washington, DC press conference this week, but carried on with minimal interruption.
The dental dilemma came while the 67-year-old Republican was speaking about US military involvement in Afghanistan during a House Freedom Caucus briefing on Tuesday.
“I have consulted, been with our Afghan allies many times since…” Gohmert said, before abruptly stopping mid-sentence, closing his mouth and swishing his tongue around, C-SPAN video shows.
A zoomed-in, slo-mo clip tweeted by The Recount appears to show Gohmert’s right lateral incisor drop free just as he cut off his remarks.
But after readjusting with his tongue Gohmert continued with his remarks two seconds later as though nothing had happened.
“…2001, when — I guess about October of 2001 — the Bush administration undertook one of the most brilliant strategies,” he continued, a gap now visible where the chomper had been.
Over the summer, Gohmert battled the coronavirus, the many symptoms of which may include tooth loss, medical experts have told outlets including The Chicago Tribune.
But in a post-briefing tweet, the lawmaker clarified that it was actually a temporary crown that fell free, taking the media to task for their interest.
“Reporters are already more interested in covering the fact that my temporary crown came loose during today’s press conference than they ever were in reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop or the rampant election fraud in the 2020 race,” he wrote. “Excellent priorities, as always. #Crowngate”