It’s innocent enough from the outset: the former Wisconsin governor went to San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana with his family. That’s great! The restaurant is located in downtown Milwaukee and it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. But something about the photo looked… familiar.
Great pizza tonight at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana. We have to support our local restaurants and small businesses! pic.twitter.com/uvMityyraH
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) December 27, 2020
Call me crazy, but I feel like we’ve been here before. Like, about 14 months ago.
Nice birthday dinner for Tonette with Matt and Alex. pic.twitter.com/7zSh0C17aw
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 20, 2019
As many on the Bird Website were quick to point out, Walker has either figured out the mysteries of time travel (highly unlikely but this is a very weird year) or is just lazy. The general consensus seems to be the latter.
An investigation: is this a year old photo of a pizza?
After minutes of research, I conclude… It is.
Where my peabody? pic.twitter.com/3IUN9UwfJB
— Zach D Roberts (@zdroberts) December 27, 2020
This is a picture of a pizza you had in 2019. pic.twitter.com/ZfW8iOoNiX
— Erik Halvorsen (@erikhalvorsen18) December 27, 2020
Funny enough: it was. pic.twitter.com/oUUxozfrwJ
— This is crazy (@GraciousMachine) December 27, 2020
Great pizza tonight at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana. We have to support our local restaurants and small businesses! pic.twitter.com/MeaVwgV5X5
— CK2049 (@ck2049) December 27, 2020
In his defense — a phrase that made me shudder in this context — Scott Walker did later admit to using an old photo. However, it’s unlikely he’d have said anything had he not been collectively dunked on by the internet. But is there any more perfect way to describe Republican politics in 2020 than repurposing things that went bad long ago, lying about them, and then getting publicly humiliated over it?
Anyway, here’s my humble contribution to the pile-on.