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Google’s CEO Had To Explain To Republican Steve King That Google Doesn’t Make iPhones

The Google hearing today turned from funny to funny with a backdrop of “oh god humanity’s not going to make it” when CEO Sundar Pichai had to explain to Steve King that Google does not, in fact, make iPhones. Representative Steve “Corn Hitler” King took up actual seconds in this hearing to claim that advertisements saying mean things about him are popping up while his granddaughter is playing games on her iPhone.

Instead of considering that maybe seven-year-olds aren’t mature enough to have smartphones and certainly don’t need them, he asked the CEO of Google why this thing is happening on a device made by Apple.

See if you can spot the exact moment that Mr. Pichai loses his entire will to live.

“I have a seven-year-old granddaughter who picked up her phone during the election, and she’s playing a little game, the kind of game a kid would play,” says King. “And up on there pops a picture of her grandfather. And I’m not going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather, but I’d ask you: how does that show up on a seven-year-old’s iPhone, who’s playing a kid’s game?”

Pichai takes a moment before replying.

“Congressman, the iPhone is made by a different company. And so, you know, I mean…”

King interrupts to remark that “it might have been an Android.”

Yeah, sure, the granddaughter of Steve King uses an Android. Who’s her data provider? Boost Mobile?

The entire hearing was a depressing disaster, but this bit has people descending straight into an existential crisis.

Others were just relieved that Steve King took a small break from being a professional racist.

Also, thank you to Matthew Peddie for pointing out the latest sighting of the Monopoly Man.

If you watch the entire hearing, you’ll find that it does not get much better. The only redeeming point is when Representative Ted Lieu (D-California) takes the floor to suggest that if Republicans don’t want negative results to pop up when people google them, they might want to consider doing something positive. You know, instead of endorsing Neo-Nazis for mayor.