Oswalt had appeared briefly in a campaign announcement video for Democrat MJ Hegar, a combat veteran seeking to unseat the Texas Republican next year.
The “Team Cornyn” Twitter account ― run by campaign staff and not the senator himself ― responded by slamming the 2020 rival as “Hollywood Hegar” and retweeting “offensive comments” in old tweets by Oswalt, censoring both profane words and even non-profanities, such as “penis.”
It even attempted to saddle Oswalt with a nickname: “Vulgar Patton.”
Oswalt gleefully retweeted the slams ― then threw in some extra comments directed at the Texas senator and whoever is running his account:
Oh my God. Lemme put a nickel in the swear jar and then you can tell me about your crush on Theda Bara, you pointless fossil. https://t.co/iaGaJxCymU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019
I just noticed: you *****’d the word “penis.” Oh my god you Pepperidge Farm dipshit. Go tell your constituents about the time you babysat Chester A. Arthur, drink your Ensure, and sit down. https://t.co/iaGaJxCymU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019
"Dildo" isn't a word that needs asterisks, Incel Ira. For example, "The dil** that runs @TeamCornyn must hate his life" can be written "The dildo that runs @TeamCornyn must hate his life." #lifehackhttps://t.co/pDCkCNxmrR— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019
Vagina. Scrotum.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019
Do you also bleep out "appendix" and "kidney"? https://t.co/NKjdoUQ84b
Others also joined in as the senator’s tweets got hit with the dreaded ratio:
Intern: This really isn’t playing well, sir.— #SaveODAAT (@Danny__Gokey) April 23, 2019
Cornyn: keep searching his tweets, whipper-snapper.
Intern: But the Internet is laughing at you. Patton is not your opponent.
Cornyn: But look at all the likes!
Intern: Sir, those are comments... you’re being ratioed.
LOL your buddy just tweeted this over Easter weekend. I can tell you're very sincere about the pearl-clutching! pic.twitter.com/GDPWkDIVTx— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) April 23, 2019
does your office have enough fainting couches— waterslide enthusiast (@KrangTNelson) April 23, 2019
Have you thought this through— Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) April 23, 2019
Today I watched one of my senators try to hold a professional comedian to standards that he wouldn't hold the president to. You guys just keep making this story more and more ridiculous.— Pat (@castlecraver) April 23, 2019
Oh man! Just wait til you see who’s in charge at the GOP!— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) April 23, 2019
At this point I have to assume you guys are really the PR team for @pattonoswalt’s upcoming tour. Heckuva job there.— Tanya Miller (@xwordtanya) April 23, 2019
Nah still think your Mussolini quote was more offensive pic.twitter.com/bLcMZLcrBm— Abby Haley (@abbatronhaley) April 23, 2019
Weird for a comedian to curse. Enjoy the ratio.— woods (@thestevenwoods) April 23, 2019
Ratio as big as Texas.— Jowana Bueser (@jowanabueser) April 23, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.