Pompeo's Tweet was apparently meant to make fun of Pelosi's decision to rip up her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, after Trump's speech ended on Tuesday evening. The tension between the two during Trump's speech initially appeared as Trump snubbed an attempted handshake from Pelosi, and the House Speaker responded to Trump's address by tearing up the transcript , much to the ire of the GOP.
The image the cabinet secretary promoted came from a 1991 episode called, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a swipe at Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi's State of the Union handle response with a "Simpsons" meme, however he could not have recognized the context behind the meme. Earlier today, the actress fired back at the Secretary of State for "co-opting" her character.
Former Simpsons scribe, Bill Oakley, also weighed in, diplomatically requesting that Pompeo refrain from ever appropriating the show in order to score political points. Nearly immediately after his tweet, "Simpsons" fans lambasted the secretary of state on Twitter. This was quickly picked by people, who schooled Pompeo, that instead of mocking, the picture actually justifies Pelosi's actions.
Mr Pascrell's tweet was liked by Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson in the show. She rips up sheets of paper, which transform her essay titled "The Roots of Democracy".
Did Pompeo...believe the image reflected poorly on Pelosi?
Thrilled and excited, Lisa prepares a speech on the greatness of American democracy. "What we heard last night was a disgrace".
For the record, Pompeo isn't the first Republican politician to have a Simpsons reference backfire on them. The president himself seems to care more about the Democratic leader's display than the content of his remarks. Since history has a way of repeating itself, don't be surprised if Pompeo's animated avatar visits Springfield in the next few years to attend Lisa's next big speech.