It all started as a goof.
“82-Year-Old New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell Quietly Asks Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad,” read the headline in The Onion, a satirical website.
Sheepishly approaching the representative after a morning hearing on U.S. livestock and poultry economies, 82-year-old New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell quietly asked Rep. Ilhan Omar Tuesday if he could be part of her squad. “Excuse me, Ms. Omar, but I’ve been paying a good deal of attention to this so-called ‘squad’ of yours and can’t help but think that I might make an exciting addition to join in on the fun,” said the Paterson-based octogenarian, smiling broadly and nodding his head as he noted that he maintained a strong presence on social media and could furnish several hearty recommendations from colleagues if it would help with any decisions on his prospective squad membership. “I can help with any tweeting you ladies might need. Heck, we might even talk to the other gals and make some sort of viral video together. But enough about me: What do you think? Am I squad material?”
Four “progressive” lawmakers — Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan or Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have dubbed themselves “The Squad” (and they’re even selling T-shirts to raise funds).
Pascrell got in on the fun by retweeting the article on his Twitter account, asking the four congressmen, “Well. How bout it?”
Well. How bout it @AyannaPressley @AOC @RepRashida @IlhanMN? https://t.co/jqdmXneYv5
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) July 16, 2019
“You’re in, @BillPascrell!” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, adding a heart, happy face emoji and four girls.
You’re in, @BillPascrell! ☺️💖👯♀️👯♂️ https://t.co/iuYJfCyWng
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 16, 2019
For her part, Omar posted a video of rapper Snoop Dogg nodding with the caption, “Oh fo sho.”
Neither of them, though, read all the way through the satirical article. At the very end, the piece says: “At press time, Pascrell could be heard exclaiming, ‘Oh, gosh, never mind then,’ and rushing off after Omar began explaining the platforms her group represents.”
And that’s no joke!