Wisconsin GOP Rep. Derrick Van Orden posted a pair of videos poking fun at the missing plane mishap that took over the airwaves as the military scrambled to find the jet.(Fox News Digital/Elizabeth Elkind)
A pair of Van Orden’s House GOP colleagues — Reps. Nick LaLota and Marc Molinaro of New York — answered the door to the congressman’s knocking.
“Take it easy, buddy, take it easy! What’s the matter?” LaLota asked.
“Have you seen an F-35 I had just a little bit ago?” Van Orden asked, with LaLota responding, “Seen an F-35?!”
“Where are you from?” LaLota asked, with Van Orden answering “not around here.”
“But have you seen this thing?” Van Orden asked. “It’s really fast, it goes high in the air, I just lost it.”
Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wisc., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.
“Hey, has anybody seen this F-35?” LaLota asked after turning around to the group inside the house.
“Ayy, forget about it!” Molinaro yelled back.
“Nah, we haven’t seen any F-35s around here, buddy,” LaLota said before Van Orden walked away from the door.
A video posted after the original showed Van Orden taping a “missing” poster of the plane to a lamppost outside the Capitol with stubs labeled “USMC.”
“I will do anything for the glorious Corps,” Van Orden wrote with the video.
A pair of Rep. Derrick Van Orden’s House GOP colleagues, Reps. Nick LaLota, pictured here, and Marc Molinaro of New York, answered the door to the congressman’s knocking.(Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty)
“You haven’t seen an F-35, have you?” Van Orden asked a passerby in a “Make America Great Again” hat as he taped up the sign.
“An F-35?” the man asked, with Van Orden affirming.
“One of these?” Van Orden asked, pointing to the poster. “It goes superfast, it’s got a lot of shiny things on it.”
“Apparently, it’s really hard to see,” he continued. “But, if you do, could you go ahead and call the Marine Corps for me?”
“If I see one, they’ll be the first to know,” the passerby responded.