In what is an easy contender for Troll of the Year, a reporter for The Young Turks tweeted a request at Republican Representative Steve King for him to give a shout out to his uncle, “Col. Nathan Jessup,” whom he said “in the Marines and spending the 4th overseas keeping our nation safe.”
Of course, Colonel Nathan Jessup is the iconic villain of the film A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson. The reporter, Ken Klippenstein, even included a photo of Nicholson as the character, but King still took the bait.
Posting this before it gets deleted. pic.twitter.com/ABTFFHi2Q9— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 5, 2019
It’s a good thing people got screenshots of King’s embarrassment, because he did indeed delete the post before blocking Klippenstein.
thin skin! pic.twitter.com/Sxc2waPOcz— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) July 5, 2019
Steve King, who just might be the most blatantly racist member of the U.S. Congress, has no one to blame but himself for this. The character name, the photo, the fact that Klippenstein has a verified account, the fact that King could have taken a second to hover over Klippenstein’s name to see that he works for The Young Turks – there were so many available clues that he was being trolled.
The reporter even added an additional clue after King gave the shoutout by changing his Twitter name to “Steve King is a white supremacist.” But it was probably all the mockery that resulting in his name trending for a bit on Thursday that clued him in and caused him to remove the tweet.
This trolling was so savage that it’s now been immortalized on King’s Wikipedia page.
Today, there is still a tweet up on Steve King’s page that also appears to have been a bait and switch situation. While King did not respond to the question about what the X on the Betsy Ross flag is for seriously, it’s unclear whether he’s yet noticed that the individual who asked the question has changed his Twitter name to “Steve King drinks pee pee.”
It was to get stupid little boys to ask stupid questions:-) https://t.co/mUyqU4PVrV— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 5, 2019
Now that King has been hilariously trolled twice, everyone who’s anyone is jumping on board.
can you retweet my cousin Pyle, private Pyle, he is in a boot camp and can’t wait to get out there and defend America’s freedoms pic.twitter.com/42Ke8f9IXV
— ALT-immigration 1.0 ???? (@ALT_uscis) July 5, 2019
Can I get a retweet for my friend Major Tom? His circuit’s dead and he’s floating above the earth. He wants his wife to know he loves her very much. It would mean a lot. pic.twitter.com/5QDpUaVqqx
— Sognando di Sicilia (@lastrega) July 5, 2019
Mr. King, sir, thank you for your courage, you are my political hero. Could I please get a retweet for my uncle Tony, a colonel in the Army? He is blind and has fallen on hard times. It would make my 4th of July. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. pic.twitter.com/9IJ8gU7JBw
— Daniel Cooper (@DrDanielCooper) July 5, 2019
Sir! My great, great, great Grandmother flew an F16 bomber in the Revoluntionary war. Can you signal your appreciation! Shes still alive (barely) and it would mean so much! pic.twitter.com/qdR2Hjy9Na
— Robin Suzanne Kelly (@RSuzanneKelly) July 5, 2019
Sir, can I get a retweet for my mother’s cousin, twice removed Colonel Harland David Sanders? While his rank is only ceremonial in nature (as granted by the great state of Kentucky) he does prepare one of the President’s favorite meals. pic.twitter.com/zu5kN7lw0U
— Carin Apter (@CAptNYC1) July 5, 2019
Can I get a retweet for my uncle Daniel? He served valiantly in Vietnam, defending our virtuous goals of freedom abroad as a revered Lieutenant. He lost both legs in combat and ended up returning to run a reputable Shrimping Company. The model of the American Dream. pic.twitter.com/ROHzYNz6Kr
— Nicholas DiCianni (@NickDiCianni) July 5, 2019
Sir can I get a retweet for my uncle The General who is stationed overseas during the holiday. Here is a picture of us from last 4th of July. I miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/swc9p9LsXf
— mike (@mikeant530) July 5, 2019
Sir can I get an RT for my uncle Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, he loves surfing but I think someone stole his surfboard recently (there are different versions of his story so it’s hard to know for sure), so it would mean a lot to him ???????????? pic.twitter.com/HN2jA7wblU
— Andrew (@Andrew91031) July 5, 2019
Hey, Steve! My uncle Bill just finished basic training! Can he get a retweet?? pic.twitter.com/NpLkX7zAex
— Jake Tapper’s Minecraft Mug (@LaBellDebi) July 5, 2019
Let’s stop with the jokes for a minute. I believe in making a nation for our chosen children to thrive, but i have a son with severe birth defects & it would mean so much to him to be given a leg up in this society by you. PS his name is Mac pic.twitter.com/HfyVEmuZqC
— CongressmanKompromat (@Tony_Zardoz) July 5, 2019
Can I get a RT for my uncle? He stationed in Peru but went AWOL, we’re all praying for his safe return.???? pic.twitter.com/eGZxWJBJb2
— John “Delaney” Fiedler (@LionelCosgrove1) July 5, 2019
Sir, can I get a retweet for my cousin Nick “Goose” Bradshaw? He’s been nervous about an upcoming mission, but I’m sure with your support everything will be JUST FINE. pic.twitter.com/GWe3q9b84y
— Minerva (@MinervaAthena81) July 5, 2019
We would so appreciate a moment of recognition for our dear Alfred E. Newman who just passed after faithfully serving his country for many years. pic.twitter.com/nh28wU1DBM
— (Redacted) (@GeePaudler) July 5, 2019
Can I get a retweet for my uncle, USMC Major Benson Winifred Payne?
He serves as a drill instructor, and really knows how to motivate our boys. pic.twitter.com/UoSDkQ9Gb0
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) July 5, 2019
Can I also get a retweet for my cousin, Cpl. Dwayne Hicks of the Space Marines? He’s being sent to LV-426, and I pray for his safe return.
???????? ???? pic.twitter.com/NDCN1u7CVJ
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) July 5, 2019
Sir, can I get a retweet for my spiritual leader Yoda, he’s in the Marines and spending the Force overseas keeping our galaxy safe pic.twitter.com/Ka9OZQb1Id
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) July 5, 2019
Sir, can I get a retweet for my uncle col. Tupac Shakur pic.twitter.com/UWurroInYT
— Steph (@Stephano2077) July 5, 2019
Steve can I get a retweet for my uncle Gomer who’s putting his life on the line for America pic.twitter.com/hFcmDl4HG9
— T G (@timoteoGray) July 5, 2019
Sir, could I ask for a retweet in honor of my brave sister, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil. Jordan led a team of U.S. Army Rangers in a mission involving a reconnaissance satellite powered by weapons-grade plutonium that fell into the Libyan desert for which she received the Navy Cross pic.twitter.com/XuOoL2fB7W
— Jason Sheppard (@Jason_Sheppard_) July 5, 2019
Please send out your prayers for Sgt. Pepper, too. It’d be greatly appreciated! pic.twitter.com/nO83lbJHA8
— Liz Thor (@Miniredhawk) July 5, 2019
It never gets old.