Ted Cruz says ‘Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson’ at CPAC

Sen. Ted Cruz let the Democrats know on Thursday that cartoon character Lisa Simpson is on their side.

"The Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer, Bart, Maggie and Marge," the Republican Texas senator said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, referring to the other "Simpsons" characters.

Cruz, who was also discussing gun control at the convention, often mentions "The Simpsons" and even made a BuzzFeed video in 2015 impersonating the cartoon family while on the presidential campaign trail.

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Anna Maltese, a former "Simpsons" animator, found the comments out of tune.

"As a Simpsons animator for many years, I can say with 100% certainty that A) Lisa is officially the conscience of the family so...awesome. B) Neither Marge nor Homer are Republicans," she tweeted.

"I think what this really comes down to is that @tedcruz is simply thirsty for a VO spot on the show and this - in addition to that Simpsons "audition" video he made - is another cry for help in landing that gig,” she added.

Other critics bashed Cruz on social media for the "Simpsons" reference.

"The entire point of the Simpsons is that Homer is a walking example of what not to do and Lisa is the voice of reason," user Joe Berkowitz tweeted. "Ted Cruz is the least self-aware organism on the planet."

"My new conspiracy theory, which I believe with all my heart, is that Ted Cruz has never seen the Simpsons and a staffer just read the Wikipedia page to him," user Sara Jones wrote.

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