Rep. Steve King Gets Hilariously Trolled Into Praising Iconic Villain from A Few Good Men, Earns Twitter Thrashing
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was trolled into praising an iconic movie villain on Thursday, and was summarily dunked on by political Twitter.
Ken Klippenstein, a reporter for The Young Turks, asked the Iowa Congressman if he could send a July 4th shout out to his “uncle,” Col. Nathan Jessup.
Sir, can I get a retweet for my uncle Col. Nathan Jessup, he’s in the Marines and spending the 4th overseas keeping our nation safe 💪🇺🇸🗽🎉 pic.twitter.com/P8DKZqy2D8
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) July 4, 2019
King dutifully obliged — praising the Colonel and his fellow Marines.
“God bless you all,” King told the Colonel and his unit in a tweet (screengrabbed below via MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin). “You have our back and millions of us have yours!”
Posting this before it gets deleted. pic.twitter.com/ABTFFHi2Q9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 5, 2019
The joke, of course, is that Col. Nathan Jessup exists only as a figment of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s imagination. Jessup was the iconic villain of the 1992 film A Few Good Men, played memorably by Jack Nicholson. Klippenstein, for good measure, even included a photo of Nicholson in his original tweet. But King still couldn’t figure out the gag, despite the obvious visual clue.
Twitter proceeded to mock the congressman.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 5, 2019
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 5, 2019
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) July 5, 2019
I’m still laughing about the Steve King thing. What a dipshit.
— 𝕊𝕥𝕒𝕔𝕖𝕪 ℝ. 𝔾𝕠𝕥𝕤𝕦𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕤 (@StaceGots) July 5, 2019
What’s funnier? That he responded to a twitter account named “Steve King is a white supremacist” or that deep down in places he doesn’t talk about at parties, he wants, needs Colonel Jessup on that wall? https://t.co/KNaOzrHiAp
— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) July 5, 2019
STEVE KING ORDERED THE CODE RED!
— Krister Johnson (@KristerJohnson) July 5, 2019
I’ve been watching @kenklippenstein fish all day and I’m so glad he landed Steve King
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) July 5, 2019
Steve King, a US congressman who was stripped of his House committee seats for defending white supremacists, doesn’t appear to have been able to handle the truth about Col Jessup and deleted the tweet pic.twitter.com/M94rugddtP
— Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) July 5, 2019
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