Twitter vs. Trump – Tuesday Edition



As Twitter naturally favors the witty, it’s no surprise that many stand-up comedians use it well.

I’ve been a fan of comedian Patton Oswalt since I saw him play opposite Charlize Theron in the otherwise-poor film Young Adult.

Oswalt, however, caught my attention yesterday for a stream of tweets that collectively comprise the best rebuttal to Tuesday’s Donald Trump gaffe I’ve yet seen.

To review:

Trump’s Coded Threat

Tuesday afternoon, at a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump said:

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick—if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks, although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

The campaign was quick to walk back that the statement was a call to gun owners (“Second Amendment people”) to shoot his political rival (and/or her Supreme Court picks), arguing instead that he was merely encouraging gun enthusiasts to vote.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake points out that “get out the vote” defense makes no sense, as Trump is speaking of a time when Hillary “gets to pick her judges,” i.e., when she’s already been elected.

Twitter Responds

Twitter users were quick to react — the latest case study in how the platform excels at capturing public sentiment at specific moments in time.

Witness, The New York Daily News:




Comedian Patton Oswalt

But leave it to Patton Oswalt to underline the absurdity of defending the clear inference in Trump’s remarks, as he quickly fired off the following:


Better yet, Oswalt’s tweets inspired the following from others, which he then amplified via his own re-tweets:



The morals here, if any?

  • I love that we live in a day and age where social media platforms like Twitter enable the public to rapidly respond to dangerous statements by politicians and others in power.
  • Sometimes it takes humorous analogies to clarify the true meaning of ambiguous statements.
  • Patton Oswalt rules.

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