Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) often engages his Twitter followers by retweeting their images of family members who have served in the U.S. military, but things went wrong on Friday when pranksters got involved.
As The Daily Dot reports, one user — @BrooklynJuggler — sent Issa a photograph of his “Uncle Lee” in uniform in 1956. Issa retweeted the photograph, despite that clearly being Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shot and killed President John F. Kennedy in 1963:
— Go-Gurt Darfur (@BrooklynJuggler) November 7, 2014
Other pranks included one user getting an image of Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler retweeted by the congressman:
— Butt C. Planet (@a_planet_irl) November 7, 2014
And Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh:
— Joyce Carol Scrotes™ (@jonny_is_good) November 7, 2014
Others retweets included pictures of William Calley, the U.S. Army officer found guilty of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in 1968; and Charles Whitman, the ex-Marine who killed 16 people during a shooting spree at University of Texas at Austin in 1966.
Issa deleted the retweets within an hour after boosting them, but the Sunlight Foundations’ PolitiWhoops site automatically archived it all.
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