Famous Spanish chef mocks Marjorie Taylor Greene for her wacky 'gazpacho police' comment
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is being relentlessly mocked after saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using the “gazpacho police” to bully and harass Republicans in Congress. The far-right GOP congresswoman confused the Gestapo, Adolf Hitler’s secret police in Nazi Germany, with “gazpacho” — a Spanish tomato soup that is served cold. And some of the mockery is coming from someone who actually grew up in Spain: chef/restaurateur José Ramon Andrés.
On Wednesday, February 10, Greene complained, “Not only do we have the D.C. jail which is the D.C. gulag, but now, we have Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff and spying on American citizens.”
Just to clear things up, @RepMTG\n\nGazpacho: a vegetable-based Spanish cold soup\nGestapo: Nazi Germany's secret policepic.twitter.com/T9q76r706G— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1644442248
At least she leads by example. She clearly banned all books from her house years agohttps://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1491528752597192713\u00a0\u2026— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1644446058
Greene’s comment got a blistering response from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who told viewers that she is “so relentlessly stupid that she actually thinks gazpacho is the name of Hitler’s secret police.”
Andrés, who is originally from Asturias, Spain but now lives in the United States, was nowhere near as cutting in his response, although he did have some laughs at her expense.
The 52-year-old español, whose gazpacho recipe was published by the Washington Post in 2018, tweeted, “Dear @RepMTG the Gazpacho police was created by me in 1993 to make sure that no one will add Tabasco or jalalpeño or strange things to my beloved soup! Please don’t blame anybody else but me…stop by for a glass anytime. Don’t forget your mask and vaccination card!”
Dear @RepMTG the Gazpacho police was created by me in 1993 to make sure that no one will add Tabasco or jalalpe\u00f1o or strange things to my beloved soup! Please don\u2019t blame anybody else but me\u2026stop by for a glass anytime. Don\u2019t forget your mask and vaccination card!https://twitter.com/AccountableGOP/status/1491525010997096449\u00a0\u2026— Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s (@Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s) 1644445903
Sam?The hundreds of millions of gallons I sold over 30 years, thousands of restaurants make it!Why?Gazpacho has a gene, of goodness!SG Police makes sure that nice people don\u2019t drink too much! @jrpsaki fell in Gazpacho pot when young!why she is so nice!can\u2019t not drink more!https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1491543875051298826\u00a0\u2026— Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s (@Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s) 1644496709
You fell in Gazpacho Pot when young! That\u2019s why you are so nice! Secret Gazpacho Police SGP gave you a pill to dislike it!if you drink more is dangerous! Some pills were stolen and eaten by people that never had gazpacho! They became mad and sad! SGP is here to restore balance..https://twitter.com/presssec/status/1491614847255126017\u00a0\u2026— Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s (@Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s) 1644497372
Andrés, a Gen-Xer, was born in Asturias in 1969 but moved to Spain’s Catalonia region — which includes largely Catalan-speaking Barcelona — with his family when he was six. As a teenager, he attended culinary school in Barcelona before moving to Los Estados Unidos in the early 1990s.
Andrés, who now owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other U.S. cities, has been a United States citizen since 2013.
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