"What do kids like these days?" someone at the House Republican party must have asked before seeing their niece play Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch somewhere on Capitol Hill. "You there!" the Republican asked the child, "what is that?" She doesn't look up but instead rolls her eyes and sighs, "It's Legend of Zelda." They drop their cigar. "That's it. That's how we get kids interested in our nation's tax code."
And that's why the House Republicans published this terrible post titled, "What Do the Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code Have in Common?" today.
To save you a click literally the only thing the Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code have in common is that the first Zelda game came out in 1986, the same year the last major reform to the American Tax Code was signed into law. That's it. Not "more than you'd think," like the tweet says, just that they're both 31 years old in 2017.
People who've seen the House GOP tweet have reacted accordingly:
What does PUBG and the US Senate have in common? More than you might think... pic.twitter.com/rylipV4cxL— Nick Chester (@nickchester) August 23, 2017
WhAt Do ThE lEgEnD oF zElDa AnD tHe AmErIcAn TaX cOdE hAvE iN cOmMoN? mOrE tHaN YoU tHiNk... pic.twitter.com/H1t9kUhTV8— Daniel T Clark, M.A. (@Danieldcclark) August 23, 2017
"one year after Nintendo's founding in 1985." pic.twitter.com/NT8N3yl7LH— Dan & Knuckles (@superenthworld) August 23, 2017
It's a very weird way to try and appeal to the youth about something like the American Tax Code, a subject I doubt has a lot of crossover with Legend of Zelda players. Alas, this is not the first time the GOP have resorted to pop-culture to promote their brand.
During last year's 2016 DNC Convention, the official GOP Twitter account tweeted the "This is fine" meme about the dog silently sitting while their house burns around them. In response, the original comic's creator, K.C. Green, helped create an original version of the "This is fine" comic but with a Republican elephant instead of the famous dog.
Also in 2001 the United States passed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconcilliation Act, which was a major reform to the American Tax Code. So in reality, the Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code have literally nothing in common.