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The Margin: Why Mitt Romney dressing as Ted Lasso for Halloween was such a treat for Twitter users

Halloween has come early to Capitol Hill. 

Sen. Mitt Romney raised eyebrows on Twitter

on Thursday after tweeting a series of images of himself dressed as Ted Lasso, the earnest protagonist of the same name on the Emmy-winning Apple TV+


“If you believe in yourself, and have clear eyes and full hearts — you can’t lose,” the Utah Republican captioned one GIF, which showed him wearing the Jason Sudeikis character’s signature sweater, khakis and mustache. 

Alas, that quote is actually the tagline from “Friday Night Lights,” not “Ted Lasso.” But nice try! At least he got the “Believe” sign hanging on his door.

“Warming up for Halloween weekend with the grandkids,” Romney tweeted alongside another GIF, where he was shown catching a soccer — er, football.  “As @TedLasso says, ‘Your body is like day-old rice. If it ain’t warmed up properly, something real bad could happen.’”

But it was this thread that got the most attention: Romney’s Lasso shown presenting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) with cookies. “Biscuits with the boss,” he wrote in one tweet. “She’s one tough cookie,” he added in another. 

So what’s the big deal?

As many in the comments were quick to explain, it was odd for Romney to suggest that a fellow Senator was his boss in the first place, let alone a senator from another party. Instead, many people tweeted pictures of him dining with former President Donald Trump, saying the ex-POTUS is his real boss.

What’s more, Sinema and fellow moderate Democrat Joe Manchin have been accused of holding back progress by opposing parts of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and spending bill. So some viewers had a hard time reconciling Romney and Sinema acting out a scene from a feel-good comedy show that became a hit during the pandemic, when they failed to support Biden’s social-spending bill. 

Read more: Democrats drop paid family leave, and maybe billionaires tax, from social-spending bill whose 10-year price tag now appears to be in vicinity of $1.75 trillion

Romney also sparked heated conversation on social media earlier this week by suggesting that Biden’s proposed tax on billionaires to help pay for the Democrats’ social-spending bill would make the rich pull their money out of the stock market, and buy paintings or ranches, instead.

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