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Senate Democrats Post Chappell’s Tweet, Immediately Blamed

Senate Democrats Post Chappell’s Tweet, Immediately Blamed

Users were not happy with a tweet from Senate Democrats. X account on Monday, in which the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) used a Chappell Roan song in what is seen as a painful, desperate attempt to inspire people to vote.

The account tweeted, “HOTTOVOTE!” in a play on the singer-songwriter’s chorus. Roan, who identifies as queer and occasionally performs in drag, released her single “HOT TO GO!” last year.

Some users were quick to point out in their comments that it didn’t feel authentic to use a song by a queer artist to get people out to vote, while criticism also persists that institutions often only pay attention to LGBTQ+ people and issues when it benefits them.

Others pointed out that the Democrats’ awkward tweet was reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s awkward “Pokémon Go to the Polls” phrase in 2016, when the mobile game was at its peak.

Many users posted memes of pop culture images showing gloomy, depressed thoughts in response to the party stooping to this level to appease voters. One person even theorized that the whole ordeal is so humiliating that it can only be explained as a deliberate stunt.

Roan had previously been invited to perform at the White House for Pride this year, but she turned down the opportunity. She later said during a performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival that she turned down the opportunity because “we want freedom, justice, and liberty for all” and “when (they) do, I’ll come.”

X users expressed their dissatisfaction with Roan when the tweet went live, as soon as the DSCC tweet went live. One said, “That’s not how the song goes.”

We reached out to Roan’s team for comment on the Democrats’ use of her song in their social post.