In a Washington Post Op-Ed, former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley quotes Sideshow Bob saying in a 1994 episode: “Convicted of a crime I didn’t even commit. Hah! Attempted murder? Now honestly, what is that? Do they give a Nobel Prize for attempted chemistry? Do they?” Oakley adds: "This rhetorical absurdity, originally intended as a joke on a TV cartoon, is now being trotted out in all seriousness by the GOP" in defending Trump against impeachment. The "Sideshow Bob Defense" was coined by liberal writer Jonathan Chait.