The Joe Walsh vs. Angela Rye Twitter Battle and Why It’s Especially Noteworthy Today



Today, a Mediaite article was at the center of a Twitter battle, so we are going to give you an overview. It’s only right.

It started this afternoon when CNN’s Angela Rye criticized Donald Trump‘s presidency by saying, “Barack Obama had to be the next best thing to Jesus and here we are, just two months in and some change, there is issue after issue.” We took note of the statement and wrote it up, which caught the attention of Joe Walsh, a former single-term congressman known for tweeting at Obama a threat of “war,” among other things.

Walsh interpreted Rye’s statement about the standards Obama had to live up to as a direct comparison to Jesus:

Rye responded to Walsh like this:

It continued:

Walsh did eventually come around to realize Rye’s intended meaning:

He even apologized:

Regardless, MSNBC’s Joy Reid jumped in:

So did CNN’s W. Kamau Bell:

And actor Don Cheadle:

As noted in the Bell tweet, Walsh’s misinterpretation of Rye’s comments and Twitter provocation were especially noteworthy today, given that Bill O’Reilly has been under fire all afternoon for comments he made about Representative Maxine Waters this morning. Sean Spicer, too, faced criticism after today’s press briefing for telling reporter April Ryan to stop shaking her head.

Like Walsh, O’Reilly, too, has apologized.

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