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bless your heart

These Tennessee protesters shouted down a counter-protester in the most charmingly Southern way possible

A group of protesters demonstrating against President Trump's then-forthcoming speech in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday dealt with a pro-Trump counter-protester in their midst with classic Southern hospitality. As the man wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap began shouting into the crowd, they responded with a hearty chant of "Bless your heart!"

For those unfamiliar with the subtle and varied nuances of "bless your heart," it is a "tremendously flexible phrase" whose meaning can range from sincere sympathy to cutting dismissal. In this case, its usage as "a passive-aggressive way to call you an idiot" is probably about on the mark.