Since Donald Trump's inauguration, millions of infuriated voters have been contacting their representation in congress to vent their frustrations with the new administration and to make clear their views on upcoming ballot initiatives and federal appointments.
As a result, Capitol Hill has been inundated with snail mail, emails, calls, faxes, and carrier pigeons (probably not the last one) — and lines of communication are getting clogged.
But one woman was determined to make her voice heard.
The 38-year-old mother-of-three tweeted a photo of her GrubHub order to be delivered to senator Orrin Hatch's office: a pineapple and ham (Hawaiian) pizza, with a side of political activism.
In the 'special instructions' box, Silge wrote:
From a Salt Lake constituent in 84105: Please vote NO on Betsy DeVos. She is an inappropriate choice to lead our public schools.
Even the pizza itself was a political statement. "It's a divisive, controversial choice, much like Betsy DeVos," she told The Salt Lake Tribune (this woman is a hero).
I just got a phone call from the delivery person asking me where in the federal office building to go; she is actually delivering it!— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 30, 2017
I sent a $10 tip with this, in the hopes of it actually happening.— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 30, 2017
Is this the new "Call Your Congressman!" approach? Seems like a much more persuasive way to start a dialogue with politicians.
I am sad to report that my senator's office refused delivery of the pizza. 😞🍕— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 30, 2017
The federal security person was pretty chill with me, and he did literally say, "I have gotten a call about a suspicious pizza."— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 31, 2017
"We appreciate all creative efforts to reach Senator Hatch, particularly as we deal with a large volume of out-of-state callers that are preventing Utah constituents from reaching us," Orrin Hatch's office said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the pizza did not make it through security screening because the office had not ordered it. As a result, we did not see the message attached to the pizza."
Luckily, they can read the message in a local paper or see it on Rachel Maddow.
Julia, it's people like you who give us faith in American voters. Never stop dreaming.