Pick the right facts before picking a public fight. If that’s not a state Republican Party social media guideline, it should be.
One of its social media producers got sloppy Monday afternoon and downloaded an old map of irregularly shaped congressional districts in Los Angeles County. It’s tweeted in an effort to deride pushes in Michigan and elsewhere to redraw districts as a way to combat gerrymandering (politically manipulated boundaries).
The party tweet below reacts to an endorsement of Michigan redistricting advocates earlier in the day by Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Republican governor of California (2003-11).
Very interesting, @Schwarzenegger, @ChadLivengood, @NotPoliticians. This is what the so-called ‘Independent Commission’ came up with in the Los Angeles area congressional districts. #Justsaying pic.twitter.com/r6EUMZgVo0
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) July 2, 2018
The poke from party headquaters in Lansing tags the ex-governor, a Crain’s Detroit Business reporter who tweeted about his endorsement and the Voters Not Politicians group that gathered enough voter signatures for a November referendum in Michigan.
That first tag backfires in less than 50 minutes:
In case you guys need help, this is the map you meant to use. I found this on my machine in about 30 seconds. Try harder next time, and don’t mislead people. pic.twitter.com/vfWYWbThMI
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 2, 2018
The actor-turned-politician also pokes Michigan Republicans on Facebook: “Parties will do everything to maintain the status quo of gerrymandering. Except use Google, apparently.”
Turns out the map posted by a party functionary is from 2002-12 — before an independent commission redrew Los Angeles County’s lines.
It remains on Twitter more than four and a half hours after being posted, with no response to Schwarzenegger and other critics as an entertaining pile-on takes place:
Actually… that’s the partisan map from 2002-2012. But hey, it makes a great case for getting rid of partisan gerrymandering! I’ll be voting yes (Michigan resident)
That isn’t the CURRENT map, genius. That’s the map that triggered the reform.
So, you pretty much just owned yourself and showed why reform in MI is needed.
*slow golf clap*
— Fel (@Sennadar_Fel) July 2, 2018
I’m sure the @MIGOP’s social media person didn’t wake up thinking they would get owned by the Terminator on Twitter today pic.twitter.com/1tazmCLzVx
— Susan J. Demas
Um, @MIGOP try Google the next time. That is not the proposal. Nice try, but no cigar from @Schwarzenegger I bet.
— YubaNet (@YubaNet) July 2, 2018
You should take down this very misleading post. This was taken from a proposal back in 2011. The current districts look nothing like this.https://t.co/89wcaQYFrd
Using unlabeled source meme to discredit a citizen lead movement makes you look weak.
— Toby Langworthy (@TobyLangworthy) July 2, 2018
you just got Governator’d #justsaying
— H E L L A P L U S H ™️ (@alpineshep) July 2, 2018
Decent republicans try to strengthen democracy and their own party gets upset. Sigh
— Josh (@joshuasomething) July 2, 2018
Have fun getting dragged!
— Scamwell Tarley