The video was captured from a news broadcast at the election party for Dan Crenshaw, a Republican candidate for the House who won his race in Texas.
So what did he say to prompt such a dramatic reaction?
“He was talking about a woman that he liked and wanted to go on dates with. I didn’t know that he liked her, but my sister and I had met her before,” Ellie said.
Her parents have been divorced for 12 years, according to her mom.
Ellie didn’t even know she was on camera, but then, all of a sudden, she had gone viral.
“I was pretty shocked,” she said. “One of my classmates sent it to me during school. There were just so many tweets coming through and so many Instagrams that I couldn’t keep up.”
People have been joking that her dad said something untoward, but Ellie said that wasn’t the case at all.
“I have reactions like that to him a lot. He’s a funny guy with a lot to say,” she said. “People thought it was some man that I was warding off, but it was just my dad.”
She added that Crenshaw and her dad have been friends for a long time, and that’s why she was at the party.