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Mike Pompeo Tried to Insult Nancy Pelosi With a Lisa Simpson Meme & It Backfired Spectacularly

Lisa Simpson stands in front of a microphone looking furious at democracy.

image: Fox

In what I’m sure he thought was an absolute own, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a picture of Lisa Simpson with the clear implication that it was meant to be a comparison to Nancy Pelosi ripping up Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Did Pompeo really think this was an insult? The image is from the episode “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington,” in which Lisa wins a trip to D.C. after writing an essay about how great America is. After witnessing a member of congress accept a bribe from a logging lobbyist who wants to demolish Springfield Forest, she loses faith in the American government as it stands. That seems … pretty apt.

By the way, the episode ends with Lisa rewriting her essay to condemn the sort of corruption she witnessed and while she doesn’t win the contest, she’s proud of herself for speaking out. Also, the essay is not only better than her original one but it’s effective as hell and that corrupt lawmaker is arrested.

So if that’s what Pompeo is trying to convey, then well done, Mike. Message received!

Not only did Pompeo clearly misunderstand the message of the image he was posting, he also seems to misunderstand just how much Lisa Simpson rules.

Ted Cruz tried this a couple of years ago when he said that “the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and the Republicans are, happily, the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.” It’s just the weirdest misreading of these characters and the show in general imaginable.

It’s like Mike Pompeo saw Cruz’s mistake and said, “Hold my Duff.”

Even Lisa Simpson herself would like Pompeo to know just how bad and wrong his take is.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.