A Twitter fight has broken out between Donald Trump’s campaign adviser and the fictional character Marge Simpson.
The war of words kicked off when Jenna Ellis, an adviser and lawyer to the US president, tweeted that newly-appointed Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris sounded like the cartoon housewife.
“Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson,” she wrote, prompting a backlash from Democrat supporters.
Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 12, 2020
In a video posted on The Simpsons’ official Twitter account, the cartoon character – who is voiced by Julie Kavner – said she felt “disrespected” by the comparison.
“I usually don’t get into politics, but the president’s senior adviser Jenna Ellis just said Kamala Harris sounds like me,” the character said, explaining that Lisa, her daughter on the show, told her, “she doesn’t mean it as a compliment”.
“As an ordinary suburban housewife, I’m starting to feel a little disrespected,” she said.
“I teach my children not to name-call, Jenna.”
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She added: “I was gonna say I’m p***** off, but I’m afraid they’d bleep it.”
Ms Ellis, who has repeatedly criticised mail-in voting, hit back: “Marge is probably going to vote Democrat… by mail.”
Ms Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate earlier this week and has since been subject to numerous attacks from her rivals.
In her first speech as vice presidential candidate, she was highly critical of Mr Trump and said he “cares more about himself than the people who elected him”.
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The Simpsons has previously taken aim at Mr Trump, appearing to endorse Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
In a spoof video, it showed a cartoon version of Mr Trump with a book titled Great Speeches by A Hitler on his bed and a photograph on his wall apparently showing his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Junior, holding a dead cheetah.