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Why Indiana Rep. André Carson Used Legos to Explain Trump's Impeachment

Dec 19, 2019
In The News

If you've spent any time on Rep. André Carson's Twitter feed over the past two days, you probably noticed multiple pictures of a Lego figurine that bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump.

That's because Carson, in an attempt to demonstrate the charges against the president, used Legos to give detailed breakdowns of both articles of impeachment by having the toys act out what Trump is accused of doing.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

"As the House prepares to vote on Articles of #Impeachment, here's a reminder of just how simple the story is, and why we must act to protect the Constitution," Carson wrote on the first of two Twitter threads detailing the articles.

When asked by USA Today politics reporter Nicholas Wu how the idea came about, Carson said he had the help of a staffer who was part of a Lego fan club. Together, they wanted to create something that was easy to digest for citizens following the story.

“You want to create a framework that is easy for people to understand,” Carson said. “What better way than edutainment?”

Each Twitter thread is seven parts and includes everything from Lego versions of Trump's alleged co-conspirators, to big stacks of Lego money passing hands.

Comic book style text bubbles help explain the action, and it ends with a re-creation of the impeachment vote with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the podium.