Throughout the pandemic, Republican politicians have followed President Donald Trump's lead in flouting CDC recommendations to limit the spread and save lives.
Not only have these politicians joined Trump, they've also encouraged the Republican rank-and-file to do the same. Most often, this has been framed as an economic decision.
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did exactly that when he tweeted out this photo on Saturday:
Great pizza tonight at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana. We have to support our local restaurants and small business… https://t.co/gRKBfm8pa2— Scott Walker (@Scott Walker) 1609036226.0
Of course the CDC recommends against indoor dining until community transmission is greatly reduced either through social distancing, or vaccination.
But while Walker's photo may seem simple enough, there's actually more to the story, as some intrepid folks on Twitter figured out.
@ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE This is a picture of a pizza you had in 2019. https://t.co/ZfW8iOoNiX— Erik Halvorsen (@Erik Halvorsen) 1609044654.0
Others quickly jumped on board.
This may be the saddest thing ever seen on twitter: Scott Walker cropped a picture of a pizza he had in October 201… https://t.co/09HskZr9bR— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan) 1609043123.0
Some noted lying is a problem that seems endemic to the GOP.
@donmoyn @IFNAlphaMale This seems to be a GOP trait.— PSBlaw (@PSBlaw) 1609043458.0
@SimonTVesper @BregmanPs @donmoyn @IFNAlphaMale Yes! https://t.co/MAgCw1yM2b— Coporate Office Cat - I Am a Cat (@Coporate Office Cat - I Am a Cat) 1609073080.0
Others were too busy fixated on the pizza itself.
@ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE Bro that sausage looks like it was made before the pandemic started.— Joey (@Joey) 1609036740.0
@ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE if that's what you call 'pizza' in Wisconsin I'm never going— Central NJ Yimby 🇺🇸🚲🏙 (@Central NJ Yimby 🇺🇸🚲🏙) 1609040457.0
Many relished in the fact that Walker was caught.
@erikhalvorsen18 @ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE https://t.co/OKiMdze9pM— Margie-Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights (@Margie-Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights) 1609046658.0
@erikhalvorsen18 @ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE https://t.co/ldb4o1ZNlq— Elizabeth Rydan (@Elizabeth Rydan) 1609046938.0
And one person summed up what happened succinctly.
@erikhalvorsen18 @ScottWalker @SanGiorgioMKE What was the point? To just lie or to encourage people to go to a rest… https://t.co/6mSi5YOrwn— My My (@My My) 1609081516.0
After this went viral, Scott Walker had this to say:
My family & I went to @SanGiorgioMKE last night. Great food. I used an old photo since we didn't take one last nigh… https://t.co/N2u8hPSgSW— Scott Walker (@Scott Walker) 1609081668.0
However a quick glance at the San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana website makes it clear they are not currently open for indoor dining, only curbside and pick-up.
Governor Walker has yet to clarify his clarification.