Last night, Dana Loesch acted as the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association during CNN’s Town hall which included several other panelists, including Senator Marco Rubio, and survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
In short, Loesch is a gun-loving woman famous for penning a book called, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America. Despite her problematic positions, which include comparing gun control efforts to Nazi and Stalinist propaganda, Loesch largely kept her cool last night and the NRA was proud of their chosen mouthpiece. Shortly after, the NRA tweeted out a “thank you” gif to Loesch featuring Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, from the show Parks and Recreation.
If you’re not familiar with the show, Leslie Knope is famous for her passion for her small Indiana town’s Park and Recreation department. Knope puts the integrity and safety of her town and her department before anything else. Leslie Knope would hate everything that’s going on in America right now as it pertains to school shootings; more specifically, she would hate the NRA.
But in true Pawnee form, the Parks and Rec. team was not here for it. Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and co-creator Michael Shur all tweeted admonishments to the NRA. Amy Poehler isn’t on Twitter, but she texted Shur to tweet a “fuck off” in her honor and demanding the NRA take the tweet down. The NRA seems to have mostly ignored these requests, as the tweet still remains, unfazed by their misappropriation of a character that stands in direct opposition of their values.
Emma Gonzalez, a 17-year-old Parkland survivor-turned-gun control activist, told Loesch, “I want you to know that we will support your children in a way that you will not.” This is the kind of thing Leslie Knope would be proud of.