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Ex-'Simpsons' Writer Bill Oakley Torches GOP For Stealing Trump Defense From Sideshow Bob


Added 11-15-19 07:18:02am EST - “Republicans are using a strategy straight out of the TV comedy.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Ex-'Simpsons' Writer Torches GOP For Stealing Trump Defense From Sideshow Bob”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Republicans speaking out in support of President Donald Trump during this week’s impeachment hearings are using a tactic straight out of “The Simpsons,” a former writer on the show said. 

The GOP argument is that Trump’s attempt to use foreign aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals wasn’t a crime because it wasn’t successful. Fox News host Laura Ingraham even said on her show this week that bribery was specifically named as an impeachable offense in the Constitution, but “attempted bribery is not.” 

Bill Oakley, a writer and showrunner on “The Simpsons,” wrote in The Washington Post that this argument calls to mind the defense used by the malevolent cartoon character Sideshow Bob when he was jailed for attempted murder. He quoted the character: 

“Convicted of a crime I didn’t even commit. Hah! Attempted murder? Now honestly, what is that? Do they give a Nobel Prize for attempted chemistry? Do they?”

Oakley also wrote that the argument might sound good in Springfield, the hometown of the Simpsons, because “the citizens of Springfield are, as a whole, dummies.” But out here in the real world? 

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