Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invoked one of Americans’ favorite shows to dunk on the GOP.
It started when the Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in support of increasing taxation on the rich, clarifying that the level of rich she was describing meant those earning millions of dollars a year, or—as she described it—”nesting doll yacht rich.” She clarified that, due to the country’s wealth inequality, this was only “like ten people.”
When we say “tax the rich,” we mean nesting-doll yacht rich. For-profit prison rich. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich.
Trick-the-country-into-war rich. Subsidizing-workforce-w-food-stamps rich.
Because THAT kind of rich is simply not good for society, & it’s like 10 people.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2019
Though many with comprehensive reading skills could understand that the congresswoman meant that very few people owned disproportionate sums of wealth, many in the Republican party took the chance to “correct” her.
AOC soon called this out as well, comparing the GOP to Dwight Schrute from NBC’s The Office.
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.
Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows. https://t.co/pmkwrdeAnq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
Dwight infamously takes nearly everything literally, possesses no sense of humor, and responds to slight infractions with exaggerated force.
In case you need a refresher:
People thought the comparison between the GOP and Dwight was perfect.
I hate the far Dwight
— William McComish (@will_mcco) May 12, 2019
But not everyone was sold.
Dwight is far cooler than the modern day GOP. You’re being too kind.
— Tim Maliyil (@tim_maliyil) May 12, 2019
Michael Scott has yet to respond.