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Romney Dresses Up As Ted Lasso And Gives ‘Biscuits To The Boss’ Sinema As Biden Unveils Cuts To Spending Bill She Demanded

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As President Joe Biden unveiled a framework for a slimmer environmental and social spending package that he hopes will win support from key Senate Democrat holdouts Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona without antagonizing House progressives, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and dressed up as the title character from Jason Sudeikis’s congenial Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso for Halloween, and acted out a scene from the show with Sinema portraying Lasso’s boss.

Key Facts

Romney donned a soccer jersey, a fake mustache and whistle while portraying the title character, and posted photos and GIFs to Twitter with famous quotes from the series, like “Your body is like day-old rice. If it ain’t warmed up properly, something real bad could happen.”

In another picture with Sinema, who plays the part of Rebecca Welton, the owner of the football club Lasso coaches, Romney posted that he was having “biscuits with the boss,” a reference to the show and perhaps a wink to  Sinema’s key role in negotiations for the spending bill — she’s withheld support while seeking to shrink its original $3.5 billion price tag.

It appears Romney is a big fan of Halloween: Yesterday the senator attended a “bipawtisan” celebration hosted by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) with his dog who dressed as “Pierre DogLecto.”

Tangent

Sudeikis portrayed the senator and former presidential candidate on Saturday Night Live for years. When Sudeikis hosted the sketch show this past Saturday, Romney wished him luck on Twitter, saying “Ann and I will be watching while splitting a nice, cold carton of chocolate milk,” a joke Sudeikis used to make about Romney, who as a Mormon abstains from alcohol, tea and coffee.

Key Background

Over $2 trillion was slashed from the Democratic spending bill in an attempt to win support from  Sinema and Sen. Manchin, eliminating policy priorities including free two-year tuition to community colleges and what would have been the first federal guarantee of paid leave for family and medical reasons. Ted Lasso, which tells the story of an American football coach who heads to the U.K. to coach a soccer club, is one of this year’s most popular shows. The series was awarded seven Emmy awards this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, which Sudeikis won.

Further Reading

Biden Unveils New Social Spending Proposal—Here’s What Remains After $2 Trillion In Cuts (Forbes) 

‘Squid Game’ Halloween Costumes Lead WandaVision, Ted Lasso Costumes For 2021 (Forbes)

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