SALT LAKE CITY — Beto O’Rourke announced Wednesday that he is entering the 2020 presidential race, but it isn’t O’Rourke himself who has won the hearts of the web this week: it’s his family dog Artemis.
What happened: A Vanity Fair cover story published Wednesday discusses Beto’s run for office and features photographs of his family. Social media users have noted that Artemis, who appears in many of the photos, looks like she’s having a bad time.
In a few of the photos, the dog can be seen with her head ducked, her ears laid back and her brows arched up, making her appear sad.
Take a look:
Beto's dog was sent from an alternate timeline to warn us about something, but we aren't listening. pic.twitter.com/c5HqelZatu— Colin Diersing (@cdiersing) March 13, 2019
We are all Beto’s dog.— Marie Bardi (@mariebardi) March 13, 2019
“Human, why are you doing this?” pic.twitter.com/umsD0KyFF7
Who hurt you, Beto’s dog? pic.twitter.com/CGAmPyiW1D— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) March 14, 2019
I feel so bad for Beto’s dog pic.twitter.com/JWrGPczSVy— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 13, 2019
Pictured: Warren's vs. Buttigieg's vs. Gillibrand's vs. Beto's dogs.— Matt Ranalletta (@MattRanalletta) March 14, 2019
THE CANINE PRIMARY IS ON. pic.twitter.com/bXxlrPDN1E
Beto’s dog knows the truth. pic.twitter.com/3yA3qF8FPG— elliot sperber (@elliot_sperber) March 14, 2019
beto’s dog: please...why you do this? pic.twitter.com/Q265l1zZYO— Laurence Blair (@LABlair1492) March 14, 2019
Beto's dog looks like he's not sure how to tell him he's voting for Biden. pic.twitter.com/enKw0YltLG— Bruce Frazier (@BFrazierUGA) March 14, 2019
why is beto's dog so mournful pic.twitter.com/255D3gTGXt— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) March 13, 2019
Some have said the dog’s sad appearance is a reflection of O’Rourke’s politics or how he would be as president. Others say they’re voting for O’Rourke’s dog for the 2020 election. A Twitter account for the dog has also cropped up in the past few days.
It isn’t the first time Artemis has featured in O’Rourke’s photos. He posted an image of a happier-looking Artemis on Twitter during the 2017 dog show, saying, “Kids and I agree that Artemis is best in show.”
O’Rourke also tweeted images of Artemis last April to note that he made the grade on the 2018 Humane Scorecard, which documents how well legislators do in advocating for increased animal protection.