A top Republican Senator just picked a Twitter fight with a comedian and got immediately owned

For all their bad faith complaints about “liberal snowflakes” and “safe spaces,” Republicans politicians are the ones who time and again prove to be some of the most thin-skinned, victimhood-claiming people in the country. They whine incessantly about how politically correct culture has run amok, then clutch their pearls the moment they hear a joke they don’t like. They’re hypocrites plain and simple and deserve every ounce of mockery aimed in their direction.

Today, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) decided to pick a fight with beloved comedian Patton Oswalt in response to Oswalt’s decision to appear in a political ad for Cornyn’s Democratic challenger MJ Hager. The GOP senator chose the ill-advised route of dredging up some of Oswalt’s older tweets, focusing on jokes that were particularly vulgar or crude.

Of course, all Cornyn succeeded in doing was reminding his followers how funny Oswalt is. The jokes themselves are all harmless and by feigning offense at the adult language, Cornyn only succeeded in making himself look like an out of touch, old man. A U.S. senator shouldn’t be policing a comedian’s material to score cheap political points, and Cornyn took it to an absurd extreme by tweeting out numerous screenshots of Oswalt’s account.

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Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before Oswalt unloaded on Cornyn, burying him beneath an avalanche of jokes, ranging from referring to the senator as a “pointless fossil” to mocking his prudishness by referring to a “swear jaw.” The onslaught was brutal, and the perfect response to Cornyn’s pathetic assault.



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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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