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Mike Pompeo burns himself using ‘Simpsons’ GIF during DNC

He appears to have misunderstood the GIF's meaning.

Aug 20, 2020, 9:12 am*

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Kahron Spearman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo torched himself on Wednesday night after tweeting a GIF of The Simpsons character Lisa Simpson crying and tearing up pieces of paper, during the Democratic National Convention. It was posted during a segment featuring domestic violence survivors.

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The portion was meant to confer former Vice President Joe Biden's leadership in helping to pass the Violence Against Women's Act. Pompeo appears to have misunderstood the GIF.

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As historian Kevin Kruse (@KevinMKruse) tweeted: "This is the scene in which Lisa learns that an incumbent political official is a crude and corrupt criminal, which shatters her sense of idealism and shakes her faith in America."

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The oft-used GIF comes from a scene in the season 3, episode 2, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," where young Lisa sees corruption up close for the first time and becomes disillusioned with American-styled democracy.

In the episode, Lisa travels to Washington, D.C., for a pro-America essay contest. She visits a memorial for a fictional women's rights activist. She finds her local representative accepting a bribe from a lobbyist in exchange for logging permits for Springfield National Forest. In despair, Lisa rips up her essay.

As predicted, many people on Twitter were shocked and appalled by Pompeo's tweet. @sarah_in_ny wrote: "During a domestic violence spot… wow."

https://twitter.com/sarah_in_ny/status/1296268199005163520?s=20
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Writer Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) said it was "That's next level asshollery."

Todd Zwillich of Vice News (@toddzwillich) wrote: "The Secretary of State's message to women at the Democratic convention appears to be "cry more.""

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This isn't the first time Pompeo has used this exact GIF. He first used it in February in response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her visceral agitations as she tore apart up a copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.

In a now-deleted tweet, former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley told Pompeo: "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."

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*First Published: Aug 20, 2020, 9:05 am