New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik was hammered on Twitter for posting an altered photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) not once but twice in an effort to raise campaign cash for an expected rough election fight in 2020.
Stefanik, who burst from relative obscurity with her over-the-top defense of Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings, tweeted the picture of Pelosi on Wednesday and then once again on Thursday morning after the Washington Post called her out over it.
In the Thursday tweet laden with emojis, Stefanik appeared to think the Washington Post story on her tweet was a win for her campaign and claimed it improved her fundraising.
"Thanks @washingtonpost for your article promoting & advertising my donation page urging Pelosi to stop her political games w/ beautiful black & white photography! 🙌 💸💸💸💸 flying in! Helping me w/ free digital advertising nationwide! #Grateful 🙏" she wrote.
The high-contrast photo which is not in black and white, reminded Twitter commenters that Stefanik had once been dubbed "lying trash" by conservative attorney George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
That set the tone for replies to the New York Republican, which you can see below:
Thanks @washingtonpost for your article promoting & advertising my donation page urging Pelosi to stop her politica… https://t.co/IdFN3is0z3— Elise Stefanik (@Elise Stefanik)1578583472.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost Is it really worth it? Have you no shame or decency?— Immune to Boredom (@Immune to Boredom)1578583931.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost You are a disgrace to women in politics everywhere.— MB Truman (@MB Truman)1578583658.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost wow. you are trash.— Coastal elite. (@Coastal elite.)1578583574.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost The smell of fake bravado is strong with this one. #trumptool— Wile.E.Mike (@Wile.E.Mike)1578584066.0
@tehsuck @washingtonpost This never gets old 😄— Stan Diego (@Stan Diego)1578585366.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost What's it like to have no moral compass?— Steve Kornacki's Khakis (@Steve Kornacki's Khakis)1578587352.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost Elise! Showing a super-edited, pixelated photo of a 79-year-old woman to try to prov… https://t.co/rSI2tQvQp1— Billijingle Joy C. (@Billijingle Joy C.)1578586393.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost So it’s cool if we alter your photos? Good to know!— Kirsten (@Kirsten)1578583599.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost https://t.co/r4DbtQ7Hba— Audrey Regan (@Audrey Regan)1578585649.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost Good grief you’re a tool. Jesus. You sound like a 15 year old. https://t.co/aDLGLbz2dB— Susan Farinacci (@Susan Farinacci)1578583885.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost oh fun, are we photoshopping today?!? https://t.co/aLfjqdgqAZ— Deja M. Burt (@Deja M. Burt)1578584574.0
@EliseStefanik @realDonaldTrump STILL trying to get a seat at the popular kids’ table, eh @EliseStefanik 🙄— Chocolate GiddyUp (@Chocolate GiddyUp)1578575826.0
@EliseStefanik @realDonaldTrump Oh Elise... you pitiful thing— Midwest girl (@Midwest girl)1578579757.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost There is no limit to how low you will stoop— Jessica (@Jessica)1578584154.0
@EliseStefanik @veganvecoh @washingtonpost I guess u want ur opponent to get another million dollars https://t.co/3tfg0MRAkq— helbent (@helbent)1578585071.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost You should be ashamed. Resign please.— Cpuck5 (@Cpuck5)1578584723.0
@EliseStefanik @washingtonpost Keep it up, Trash-Baby— THE LINCOLN POGJECT (@THE LINCOLN POGJECT)1578584107.0