When the ballots are counted, Steve Kornacki will count sheep.
The MSNBC political analyst is winning over fans by his ubiquitous presence on the cable news channel, where he’s kept viewers apprised of the ballot count since Election Day with little rest.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, his colleague Ali Velshi came on air to joke that popular demand for Kornacki had forced the network to deliver a “public service announcement” on his whereabouts.
“We have forced him — there might have been some restraints involved — to get a little sleep,” Velshi joked.
Velshi tweeted early Friday morning that he had tried to get Kornacki to take a break, but 10 minutes later, the election specialist was back and told Velshi to grab some winks.
“The dude is a machine,” Velshi tweeted.
According to Mashable, Kornacki worked 18 straight hours after Election Day coverage began before taking his first break. MSNBC has not responded to an inquiry about how many hours he’s put in this week.
Vogue magazine dubbed him “Twitter’s boyfriend” Friday after social media users marveled over the 41-year-old Massachusetts native’s seemingly unbreakable spirit. Mashable said he’s on his way to becoming a “Twitter Legend.” Vanity Fair ran a headline saying the bespectacled newsman “Deserves this Wave of Internet Love.” News site Vox declared Friday “America fell in love with Steve Kornacki this week.”
Amid the respect that social media users showed for Kornacki, there was also concern.
“For the love of God, let the Kornacki boy rest,” tweeted comedienne Julieanne Smolinski early Friday morning.
Buzzfeed David Mack director David Mack was also inspired by his fellow newsman’s battle in the trenches.
“When will my husband, steve kornacki, return from war,” he joked.
Shortly after Mack’s tweet, online rumors began that indeed Mack and Kornacki were a pair. The Heavy was the first site to debunk that gossip. Lifestyle sites including The Cut, Refinery29 and Hollywood Life ran stories about the superstar stats-man. The latter did a list of “5 Facts” to know about Kornacki.
Model Chrissy Teigen tried keeping up with Kornacki, but was struggling.
“I honestly dunno how Steve is still going im bout to die,” she tweeted alongside a photo of herself literally using her fingers to keep her eyes open.
Kornacki came to MSNBC in 2013 and became the national political correspondent for NBC News four years later. The affable reporter posted a video thank you to fans on Wednesday when the Kornacki-mania was gaining momentum.
“Hey everybody you may not recognize me, there’s no giant touchscreen behind me, but Steve Kornacki here, and I just wanted to say that i saw after I finally left the studio all these incredibly kind and friendly, nice messages everybody had on social media there, I just want to say thank you,” he said.
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