Defending the politics of the Trump administration has apparently become a tougher gig than many of us previously expected. When you're not hiding in the bushes to avoid questions from those pesky members of the free press, you're on the roof avoiding protesters who want to bother you with nonsense about health care. Yes... this is the state of politics in which we now live. And these tweets about Rep. Darrell Issa on the roof are proof we have moved into the bizarro universe we all knew was coming.
On Tuesday afternoon in Vista, California, Republican Rep. Issa was seen on the rooftop of his office building. In the aftermath of his vote for the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives, Issa has reportedly been plagued with angry constituents outside of his office looking for answers. Answers Issa is apparently a little reluctant to hand out (in the days leading up to the AHCA vote, Issa was decidedly undecided and even hesitant to talk to voters in his district about the Affordable Care Act replacement bill). So what's a politician to do when the protesters won't be placated with a little handshake and a smile? Get thee to the nearest roof.
Unfortunately for Issa, his sojourn to the roof was tweeted by none other than his potential political opponent, Mike Levin, who wasted no time in sharing the sad, strange image, opening up Issa to online ridicule and some fairly awesome tweets.
Here are just a few of the best... so far:
Michael Scott Connection
Issa was not unlike our dear old friend Michael Scott from The Office throwing a temper tantrum... a comparison not lost on those crafty tweeters:
Hiding On The Roof Is The New Hiding Behind The Bushes
The sketch writers for Saturday Night Live must be weeping with joy, yet again. First, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly hid in the bushes to avoid reporters' questions about FBI Director Comey. Now an elected official is allegedly hiding on the roof to avoid protesters. And yes, this is real life.
Now to be completely fair here, Issa has told a very different side to the story. He shared a tweet saying that he had gone down to talk with constituents and then "popped upstairs to take a quick pic."
Whether or not Issa was actually hiding up on the roof (if so, he needs to know he's never going to win a game of hide and seek with that spot) or simply taking pictures, he's got a rough time ahead of him. He is one of only six of the 2017 Republican lawmakers who voted for the AHCA to hold a Town Hall meeting this Saturday, according to Vox. Considering Issa's refusal to commit pre-vote, and the fact that his district voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election... he might want to get comfy up on that roof. Because the streets are looking pretty unfriendly for Issa these days.