On Sunday morning, New Mexico’s far-left U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a resident of Maryland, made a cringe-inducing X post reading, “Just a little over a century ago, elk were extinct in New Mexico. Thanks to the work of previous generations of conservationists, I now have the privilege of interacting with this beautiful and amazing animal.”
However, in the post, he shared an awkward picture of him giving a thumbs-up with a bighorn sheep in the background — not an elk.
He later deleted the post, but not without people keeping receipts with their screenshots posted on the platform.
People mercilessly commented on the embarrassingly out-of-touch tweet, with people writing things such as “It identifies as an elk?” and “…Heinrich tells New Mexicans that he is a ‘hunter.’ This photo proves his lies. That is NOT an elk. It is a bighorn sheep.”
Piñon Post editor and State Rep. John Block (R-Alamogordo) mocked Heinrich with a post of the legislator taking a similar selfie but with a pigeon in the background, calling it a “Lesser Mexican spotted jumping prairie chicken.”
Later on his official U.S. Senate X account, Heinrich posted a photo of what he described as a “Frito pie with homemade elk adovada.”
Naturally, commenters referenced his since deleted “elk” post.
One account wrote, “You’re SURE it’s elk?”
Others posted photos of bighorn sheep:
“Crazy that you would double down on the elk content after the blunder this morning,” another posted.