READ: Kate Aronoff Tweets ‘AP FACT CHECK: Leia Put the Blame for the Destruction of Alderaan on Darth Vader. But It Takes Two to Tango’


Yesterday, The Associated Press tweeted a fact-check of President Donald Trump’s presidential address which frustrated many on social media.

In a tweet, the AP blamed both Democrats and President Trump for the government shutdown, now in its third week.

The tweet frustrated many who accused the publication of victim blaming and noted that Republicans still had the majority in both houses of Congress at the time the shutdown began. And then Kate Aronoff, a contributing writer with The Intercept, swooped in with an analogy sure to please millions of Star Wars fans.

In short, Darth Vader was solely responsible for the destruction of the planet Alderaan. (There was some disagreement about whether Grand Moff Tarkin––who gave the order while Vader restrained Leia––was actually responsible, but Aronoff’s point still stood.)

Many found her analogy quite apt and provided some snarkiness of their own.

Now in its twentieth day, the shutdown is the second longest in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight. The inauguration of the 116th Congress last week marks the first time ever that a federal shutdown will extend into two different Congresses.

The president’s response to the shutdown has been widely criticized. He’s claimed since the shutdown, which kicked off last month after he declined to sign a stopgap funding bill because he disagreed with the decision of Congress not to provide the funding he’d requested for his proposed border wall, is a ploy orchestrated by Democrats.

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