Republicans were unfazed by the 31 false statements made by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address, but they were fuming at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for ripping her copy of Trump's address in half on the House floor.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among those offended, and tried to troll Pelosi on Twitter.
He used a quote from The Simpsons to do so.
https://t.co/AaopLt8f9f— Mike Pompeo (@Mike Pompeo)1580876495.0
The shot features Lisa Simpson in the episode "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," in which Lisa becomes disillusioned with government and tears up her paper on the roots of Democracy.
Pompeo may have thought his trolling was superb, but it wasn't long before former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley called Pompeo out in no uncertain terms.
Mr. Secretary of State please do not ever ever ever use Simpsons material in your twitter or watch the show or refe… https://t.co/z7dYvTb2VO— BILL OAKLEY (@BILL OAKLEY)1580879581.0
(To be clear this episode aired before @Joshstrangehill and I even worked on the show and was written by the genius… https://t.co/oEj0YsKZOE— BILL OAKLEY (@BILL OAKLEY)1580880156.0
Oakley wasn't the only one to note Pompeo's misuse of the image.
Some pointed out the meaning of the episode in context.
lisa was crying because she found out the speech was nothing more than a rhetorical device to justify corruption https://t.co/QVOEmyCJYp— lvl 45 chao$ potu$ (@lvl 45 chao$ potu$)1580882138.0
It’s funny because she rips up her own essay because she has lost faith in democracy due to corrupt politicans. It… https://t.co/mk4IWdYw67— Lisa Tozzi (@Lisa Tozzi)1580902940.0
Should we tell Mike that this image comes from an episode where Lisa tore up a speech on democracy after she witnes… https://t.co/ExBl2jhLsT— *you're (@*you're)1580915743.0
Hmmm. This scene from Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (S3EP2) involves Lisa ripping up a speech she wrote about America… https://t.co/BuDh0JO4Tv— Sarah D. Wire (@Sarah D. Wire)1580915309.0
It’s amazing that even horrible people love The Simpsons. But to be clear, Lisa would hate Mike Pompeo more than… https://t.co/FVU9oPKZyp— Allie Goertz (@Allie Goertz)1580882828.0
This screenshot is from an episode where Lisa Simpson goes Washington and sees how petty and dysfunctional US polit… https://t.co/tPReHXL6hi— Robbie Gramer (@Robbie Gramer)1580906860.0
People soon began pointing out Pompeo's missteps, like berating an NPR reporter and refusing to defend ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Oh, Mr. Secretary, if only you cared as much about protecting our ambassadors from political smear attacks as you d… https://t.co/7bfFkzDpHS— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1580879944.0
When a journalist asks you a hard question and you throw a temper tantrum https://t.co/rD5tbEptWp— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer)1580916838.0
.@SpeakerPelosi please hold House hearing on Secretary of State @mikepompeo’s role in and knowledge of Maria Yovano… https://t.co/p9RNEiZVMs— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1580917678.0
Nice job, Mike.