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Politicians from both parties have a long, storied history of using social media—and especially memes—to push their agendas. Given how frightening American politics has become, it’s only fitting that members of Congress are latching onto Halloween with spooky messages about the other side.
Republicans got the ball rolling on Thursday afternoon with a video straight out of the black-and-white B-movie horror flick days.
Entitled “The Thing That Kills Jobs!,” this message from the House Financial Services Committee’s GOP majority is a Halloween-themed takedown of the Federal Register’s reams of rules. It uses the rampaging-monster vibe to spotlight the negative effects of government regulation, with scary music, panicked crowds, and long tracking shots of stacks of Federal Register documents.
Other Republicans joined in with admittedly on-point jokes about the terror of the Obama administration:
Happy Halloween! From ObamaCare to executive overreach to the IRS scandal, the last 6 years have been a real fright. pic.twitter.com/6wT1xJO9RT
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) October 31, 2014
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) October 31, 2014
— Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! RT if you agree it’s been a scary six years under the Obama administration. pic.twitter.com/nvMbxuPgut
— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) October 31, 2014
The Republican National Committee, never one to miss an opportunity to tie Senate Democrats to the president, published this photo of RNC staffers reenacting their version of the midterm elections.
— RNC (@GOP) October 31, 2014
While Republicans are usually the ones relying on a fear-mongering agenda, Halloween politicking is a bipartisan affair. Here’s what Democrats want you to worry about on All Hallow’s Eve.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 31, 2014
— Mike Fitzpatrick (@RepFitzpatrick) October 31, 2014
This Halloween is the 36th anniv of Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Women #PregnantAtWork still experience discrimination. It’s frightening.
— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) October 31, 2014
Rand Paul, on the other hand, just wants you to see his Halloween doppleganger.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) October 31, 2014
Screengrab via House Financial Services Committee Republicans/YouTube
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.