If there were a contest for the dumbest member of Congress, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) would have to be in the running, although, to be fair, he’d be in a tough fight with people like Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
Who could ever forget this memorable post about the fake Ghost of Kyiv?
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) November 29, 2022
Not only did he fall for the story, but he also fell for the continuing “Sam Hyde” social media joke. Someone always is spreading the rumor that Hyde did it, whenever anything happens. Pro tip? It’s never Hyde.
Kinzinger also got in a fight and threatened a cat over a meme, proving he’s just not a serious person.
But now he’s flipped out over a meme posted by Elon Musk. Musk is the current “thing” that the left is melting down over.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
I don’t know exactly why Musk posted the frog, but I think Musk’s post is about exactly that, that he gets he’s that “thing” — this particular psyop.
But using the Pepe the Frog thing was guaranteed to set off people on the left and it certainly triggered Kinzinger, who doesn’t understand anything about internet culture.
Google Pepe the Frog. You’ll see that this is an alt right meme since 2016, with links to anti semetism and authoritarianism.
Cool Elon. https://t.co/TP2F4nEvbI
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) November 28, 2022
No, Adam, Pepe didn’t originate with the alt-right; it’s been an internet thing long before that. Also if you’re going to talk about antisemitism, at least show you care enough to spell it right. As even the leftist ADL notes, the majority of uses of Pepe have nothing to do with any kind of bigotry.
Pepe the Frog is a cartoon character that has become a popular Internet meme (often referred to as the “sad frog meme” by people unfamiliar with the name of the character). The character first appeared in 2005 in the on-line cartoon Boy’s Club. In that appearance, the character also first used its catchphrase, “feels good, man.”
The Pepe the Frog character did not originally have racist or anti-Semitic connotations. Internet users appropriated the character and turned him into a meme, placing the frog in a variety of circumstances and saying many different things. Many variations of the meme became rather esoteric, resulting in the phenomenon of so-called “rare Pepes.”
The majority of uses of Pepe the Frog have been, and continue to be, non-bigoted… [….]
However, because so many Pepe the Frog memes are not bigoted in nature, it is important to examine use of the meme only in context. The mere fact of posting a Pepe meme does not mean that someone is racist or white supremacist.
Kinzinger got inundated by people telling him that once again, he had no idea what he was talking about and he got ratioed with Pepes.
— Richard Harambe (@Doc_Chimpanzee) November 28, 2022
— Mostly Peaceful Memes (@MostlyPeacefull) November 28, 2022
— Juan Delgado (@BurritoHunting) November 28, 2022
Maybe it’s a good thing he’s out of Congress in January, if cats and frogs make him cry and he continues to be so ignorant.