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.
AP FACT CHECK: Democrats put the blame for the shutdown on Trump. But it takes two to tango. Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for his border wall is one reason for the budget impasse. The Democrats refusal to approve the money is another. https://t.co/9IWnqUgl2d
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) January 9, 2019
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.)
AP FACT CHECK: Leia put the blame for the destruction of Alderaan on Darth Vader. But it takes two to tango. Vader shooting a powerful superlaser at the planet is one reason it was destroyed. Leia's refusal to tell him where the Rebel base was is another. https://t.co/U1VKYr8HUF
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) January 9, 2019
Many found her analogy quite apt and provided some snarkiness of their own.
Ok, you win this ironic retweet battle
— Brad Simpson (@bradleyrsimpson) January 9, 2019
Alderman not moving out of the way of the laser was the other.
— Harold Duby (@bostonsculler) January 9, 2019
Plus: two months ago, they had enough imperial officers to find the damn thing themselves
— Daragh Wallace (@goatofwisdom) January 9, 2019
Has the entire world gone completely INSANE!
How can people not understand these things?
1) Leia *told* Grand Moff Tarkin that the Rebel base was on Dantooine, and
2) The shutdown started while the GOP controlled both houses of Congress
— Society of Air Force Developmental Engineers (@usafengineers) January 10, 2019
Eyewitness reports on "who shot first" vary. I'm going to let the Stormtroopers conduct their investigation and the Imperial Justice System will work its course.
— asuter (@asuter) January 9, 2019
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.