Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hit a raw nerve with liberals after tweeting an animated clip from “The Simpsons” to mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pompeo was torched by the left after he shared an image of the character Lisa Simpson crying as she ripped up an essay she wrote for a contest, an obvious dig at Pelosi who infamously ripped her copy of President Donald Trump’s speech after the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) February 5, 2020
“Mr. Secretary of State please do not ever ever ever use Simpsons material in your twitter or watch the show or refer to it in any way,” former writer, executive producer, and showrunner for “The Simpsons” Bill Oakley wrote in response.
Mr. Secretary of State please do not ever ever ever use Simpsons material in your twitter or watch the show or refer to it in any way pic.twitter.com/hY0EKfEbua
— BILL OAKLEY (@thatbilloakley) February 5, 2020
He noted that he was asking Pompeo “as a FAN of this episode, not someone who worked on it.”
(To be clear this episode aired before @Joshstrangehill and I even worked on the show and was written by the genius George Meyer and I say this to Mr. Pomepo as a FAN of this episode, not someone who worked on it. If he starts using Steamed Hams, then this will become personal.)
— BILL OAKLEY (@thatbilloakley) February 5, 2020
A much less polite attack came from Yeardley Smith, the actress who has voiced the character of Lisa Simpson.
That’s pretty good! I might just add f*ck you @mikepompeo for co-opting my character to troll @SpeakerPelosi . Be a leader and fight you own fight! Oh, wait I forgot, you’re a follower. https://t.co/EzCtEZmKzJ
— Yeardley Smith (@YeardleySmith) February 5, 2020
Many liberals mocked Pompeo for what they saw as a tweet that backfired.
The 1991 episode,”Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington,” from which the screenshot was taken focused on the Simpson character becoming disillusioned with democracy and tearing up an essay she wrote which won her a prize in a national contest.
This is literally a scene where Lisa finds out politicians are corrupt and gross. The lack of self awareness hurts my brain
— Will (@Rundigity) February 5, 2020
Thank you for paying tribute to Speaker Pelosi. This is literally the moment in the episode “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” where Lisa Simpson loses faith in democracy after she discovers her congressman is corrupt. Such a perfect self-own. pic.twitter.com/btFs0ivVD4
— David Lytle ⚖️ (@davitydave) February 5, 2020
New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell joined the pile-on:
In this episode Lisa loses her faith in democracy after seeing a corrupt politician selling out American values and liberty. Like your boss. @YeardleySmith can probably explain better than I can.
Nice self-own though. https://t.co/HeoDqv6Npy
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) February 5, 2020
Some gave Pompeo’s tweet so much thought that they speculated about how certain people can even be fans of the show.
“It’s amazing that even horrible people love The Simpsons. But to be clear, Lisa would hate Mike Pompeo more than the fictional politicians she’s crying over in this episode,” Allie Goertz, the co-host of the Simpsons podcast Round Springfield, tweeted.
I truly do not understand how people like this (Especially Ted cruz) can enjoy the Simpsons. These people are corrupt but not dumb, how do they find any humor in a show who’s values are completely opposite to there own?
— Thomas Broussard (@BayouHunter) February 5, 2020
Hahah! she is sobbing over corruption in the govmnt! You trolled your boss!
— Margaret (@tazarae20) February 6, 2020
Pompeo added no caption to his tweet and his critics’ responses assumed the corruption in that episode of “The Simpsons” was clearly applied to the Trump administration. Liberals failed to see Lisa Simpson’s attack on the Washington swamp as even remotely like Trump’s long-held criticism of the Washington establishment.
Plenty of Twitter users weighed in to hold a mirror up to Pelosi’s defenders.
Yes, great episode. We have a lot of corrupt congressman/congresswomen – and FINALLY a President that is not afraid to stand up to them! #MAGA2020
— Joshua Heffner (@jheffner704) February 6, 2020
Nobody cares about the fictional opinions of fictional people.
— Spicy McHaggis (@pheenix99) February 5, 2020
The tolerant left everyone
— some kind of idiot (@idiot_sum) February 6, 2020
I have always found this show idiotic..the few minutes that I glanced at it. I’m glad it had some use in this tweet. How dare the writers tell anyone not to use their pubic work..it s done everyday and only if you are a dem you complain. BS
— Rondi Bogwald (@rabhappy3) February 5, 2020
Just so you know… pic.twitter.com/902iKqdn0i
— Lets Be Frank (@Letsbefrank2410) February 6, 2020
If you don’t want your art in the culture, you probably shouldn’t put your art into the culture.
— Roth Wriscey (@NeverWithers) February 5, 2020
Do you own the copyright!? It was perfect for the situation. Love @SecPompeo!
— Cheryl Scotney (@c_scotney) February 5, 2020
LOVE when the libs get triggered. 4 more years of this will be hysterical ?
— Dante Graham (@DanteGraham14) February 6, 2020
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