Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra sent out a tweet yesterday comparing the current oppression of Iranians and their reactions on Twitter to “what we did in the House last year when Republicans were shut down in the house.” Apparently Hoekstra is referring to the time last year where Republicans took to Twitter to express their anger after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjourned the House, preventing a vote on an energy bill.
I don’t know what’s worse-the fact that he is actually comparing a Republican tiff with House Democrats to the oppression and brutality taking place in Iran or the fact that he used Twitter to express this clearly idiotic statement. You would think that a public figure would know better than to write something so ridiculous on a platform that millions of people can see. But according to CNN, Hoekstra has a reputation for Tweeting about things he shouldn’t. Apparently earlier this year, he Tweeted out details about a classified Congressional trip to Baghdad.
Apparently, a rep for Hoekstra issued a clarification:
“The two situations do share the similarity of government leadership attempting to limit debate and deliberation, and the ability of new technologies to bypass their efforts and allow for direct communication. That’s the only point that he was trying to make.”
Whatever. Twitter is now abuzz with heckles at Hoekstra-I’ve included some of the best ones below that were listed on a blog that popped up in response to Hoekstra’s remarks: