And heâ€™s given it an odd name: Pipehitters.
Pompeo, who may be considering a 2024 presidential run, made multiple pleas on Tuesday for people to sign up for his email and fundraising messages:
Those who contribute to Pompeoâ€™s group will find a box already checked that makes the donation an automatic recurring monthly contribution â€• a trick used by the Trump campaign last year.
But online, most of the criticism wasnâ€™t about his scammy fundraising tactics but the odd name, which carries both military and drug connotations.Â
This Mike character says he hits the pipe and would like you to join him. No thanks, buster. Meth, crank, smack, crack, whackadoodle, heffalump or whatever else this beatnik toots up his pipe is a ticket to nowheresville. A dead end street. Say no to Mike. Donâ€™t be a hophead. https://t.co/6pb7aDrWnz pic.twitter.com/Hd1mgJdGNU
â€” Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 15, 2021
Am I a pipehitter? No, crack is whack.
But you be you, Mike.
â€” Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 15, 2021
you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means
â€” Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 15, 2021
Just when you think Mike Pompeo can’t go any lower he launches “CAVPAC” with the phrase “Be a Pipehitter”. This is a guy who served the minimum time in the Army getting drunk in Germany using the bro vet phrase of special operators. What a scumbag. pic.twitter.com/np26aSRtBV
â€” Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 15, 2021
That time when nobody on his team warned Mike Pompeo what 99.9% of the people would think when they hear the word “pipehitter.” https://t.co/MTWyKmVtHN
â€” Heather (@featherty) June 15, 2021
I’d put the Mike Pompeo “Pipehitter” tweet in the top tier of the “We’re living in a never ending season of 30 Rock” stuff I’ve seen in the last few years.
â€” Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) June 15, 2021