‘Simpsons’ Showrunner Answers Ted Cruz Insult: ‘I Wouldn’t Be So Quick to Write Off Lisa’s Vote’

“She’s an important person with a lot of intelligence and you’d really want to win her over and not just abandon her,” Al Jean tells TheWrap

Last Updated: February 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

D’Oh! Ted Cruz attempted to take a swipe at Democrats by comparing them to Lisa Simpson (spoiler: it backfired). But Al Jean, current showrunner of “The Simpsons,” said Cruz should really be trying to get the vote of all five members of the family.

“If I was Ted Cruz, I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Lisa’s vote,” Jean told TheWrap. “I think she’s an important person with a lot of intelligence and you’d really want to win her over and not just abandon her.”

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Cruz said about his political opponents that “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.”

“Maggie doesn’t speak, so I don’t know how he can say who she’d vote for,” Jean told TheWrap. “Far be it from me to say how these imaginary people who never existed would vote. I don’t know, he’s pretty greedy going after 4 of the 5.”

Cruz’s comments came up after conservative commentator Ben Domenech said the ongoing debate about gun control was similar to an episode of “The Simpsons.” Jean recalls that particular episode a little differently.

“I don’t want to make light of something that’s really horrible, but I think there was a classic episode done by Mike Scully where there’s a five day waiting period and Homer said, ‘But I’m mad now!’ It was a joke about why we should have good control,” Jean said.

Of course, even Maggie Simpson has had a surprising amount of access to guns throughout the show’s run, including most notably, shooting Mr. Burns in one infamous episode.

“And it hasn’t gone well,” Jean said.

Jean also commented on Cruz’s comments on Twitter, quipping that given the direction of the country, even evil “The Simpsons” oligarch Montgomery Burns is probably going to end up a Democrat. See his comments below.