Devin Nunes Lashes out at Twitter With Lawsuit, Hilarity Ensues

Devin Nunes Lashes out at Twitter With Lawsuit, Hilarity Ensues March 19, 2019

I honestly don’t know if this is more pathetic or more hilarious.

Ok. It’s both.

Devoted Trumpian bootlick and all-around sniveling weasel-boy, Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced on Monday that he was suing social media platform, Twitter, as well as several parody accounts, Devin Nunes’ Cow (@DevinCow) and Devin Nunes’ Mom (@DevinNunesMom).

The congressman hopes to get $250 million out of his efforts for compensatory damages. He hopes to get another $350,000 for punitive damages – because his feelings were so very hurt.

He’s also named GOP strategist Liz Mair and Mair Strategies in this ridiculous action.

In the lawsuit, Nunes claims that Twitter “shadow banned” conservative voices, negatively impacting the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.

Shadow banning, for those not up on the vernacular, is when a user can post, but no one can see what they’ve posted.

I have to note that the way I learned about shadow banning was from seeing the frantic posts of Trumpian Twitter users who claimed they’d been shadow banned and no one could see their posts.

You know, it’s like your crazy Uncle Ed, who loudly declares at 3:00 am in the morning that he’s invisible, then starts running across the lawn naked, right up until the police taze him and haul him into the hospital for a 72-hour psych hold.

Twitter officials have repeatedly denied there was any shadow banning going on. Rather, they noted, there were algorithm “burps” as they tweaked the system in an attempt to stop Russian bot accounts and white nationalist garbage from infesting the site.

In reality, it seems the pouty congressman is upset that someone on the internet made fun of him.

What is it about Branch Trumpidians that makes them such weak Nancy boys?

Nunes accuses Twitter of “facilitating defamation on its platform” by “ignoring lawful complaints about offensive content and by allowing that content to remain accessible to the public” despite alleged violations of its terms of service and rules.

“Twitter, by its actions, intended to generate and proliferate the false and defamatory statements about Plaintiff in order to influence the outcome of the 2018 Congressional election and to intimidate Plaintiff and interfere with his important investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election,” the lawsuit reads.

I think he’s going to have a pretty difficult time proving that a social media platform, made up of millions of users from very diverse backgrounds and political leanings was attempting to influence any election.

As for strategist Mair, the suit alleges she “smeared and defamed” Nunes by repeating a claim that he was somehow involved with a California winery that was wrapped up in a shocking scandal, which included mention of underaged prostitutes and cocaine.

I can understand how he would be upset, but is Mair responsible for the report? I actually don’t recall seeing her mention anything about it, so he may be inflating her part in the spread of the scandal.

Then again, as I pointed out, he’s suing because a couple of anonymous accounts, probably from just the average Joes blowing off steam, made fun of him.

I can’t think of anything more cowardly or weak.

The suit pushes on, claiming Twitter allowed “libelous” content.

“Defendant, Devin Nunes’ Mom, is a person who, with Twitter’s consent, hijacked Nunes’ name, falsely impersonated Nunes’ mother, and created and maintained an account on Twitter (@DevinNunesMom) for the sole purpose of attacking, defaming, disparaging and demeaning Nunes,” it states.

Some of the remarks cited in the lawsuit include the following: “Devin Nunes’ Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl; falsely accused Nunes of being a racist, having ‘white supremacist friends’ and distributing ‘disturbing inflammatory racial propaganda.'”

Ok. I’m ready to rethink everything.

Saying he turned out worse than Jacob Wohl is, indeed, below the belt.

Calling it a “conspiracy,” Nunes’ lawyers write in the suit that they’ll be looking to see if any Democrat donors are involved in making fun of their pitiful, aggrieved client on the internet.

The part that has sane, rational individuals laughing out loud is just how clueless Nunes seems to be about how the internet works.

While the Devin Nunes’ Mom account has been suspended (*Edit* A new account, called “Devin Nunes’ Alt-Mom” @NunesAlt has kicked up, as of this morning), the Devin Nunes’ Cow account has blown up, now boasting over 59 thousand followers, and some hilarious mockery.

It has also spawned other accounts, and it will likely continue.

If we can just think of the more serious implications of this suit for a moment, I want us to consider what it is that Nunes is trying to do.

He’s trying to curtail speech. He’s trying to make an example of parody and what would otherwise be considered lighthearted, frivolous fare.

Now think of the comments from Nunes’ liege, President Trump, as he rages against TV sketch shows, like Saturday Night Live, that make fun of him.

On more than one occasion, he’s suggested the iconic Saturday night show be investigated for their portrayals of him, neglecting to note that these parodies did not start with him, but have been a mainstay of comedy for decades.

What Nunes is doing is no different, but actually moves in a direction that could arguably make it easier for thin-skinned tyrants to clamp down on protected speech.

Something to consider.

And one more thing:

 

 

 

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  • chemical

    It’s worth noting that Nunes’ actions are directly out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook. Putin recently signed a law that essentially prohibits anyone from making fun of him online. Just more Putin envy out of the GOP.

    Pathetic. How weak and cowardly do you have to be, where you think that a sad attempt to silence a parody account will actually improve your condition? I always thought fascists convinced the general population with pointless displays of strength and some macho “We’re the best” crap, but this crop of clowns decided the best course of action to drive America to fascism was to act like a bunch of sad, mewling kittens and hope America throws them a pity party. What a crybaby.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Hey – the “poor me – I’m the victim” pity-party approach has worked pretty well for liberals, Democrats and SJWs so far….

    I guess the GOP are just too heavy-handed to gain the critical mass of followers needed to get traction…..

    I’m sure it does not help that more GOP voters and party members are abandoning the parody that is Trumpism on a daily basis…..

    To be fair to the GOP though, they definitely suffer from the lack of access to the Russian bot-nets that Trump enjoyed / enjoys in keeping his twitter feed “trending” and relevant.

  • If Nunes can prove damages from people believing that his cow is really Tweeting, to which many Trumpkins probably do, he might just have a case.

    The saddest thing is, we have a representative government which does represent us. I like how P.J. O’Rourke phrased it:

    Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadows about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.

  • Annemarie

    Maybe it’s less about hurt feelings and shutting down parody accounts than an attack on Twitter. I know very little about the law, so I wonder what would a lawsuit like this achieve for Nunes, especially if he loses. The man’s not stupid; he must know there’s no chance of winning. What’s he really trying to accomplish?

  • chemical

    Hey – the “poor me – I’m the victim” pity-party approach has worked pretty well for liberals, Democrats and SJWs so far….

    I thought you might bring this up, so allow me to elaborate.

    People who vote for liberals also tend to be on the receiving end of serious injustices. These injustices include stuff like getting paid less because you’re a woman, or not white, or receiving a harsher sentence for a crime (obviously convicted felons can’t vote, but their families can). The Democratic Party appeals to minorities because they address these injustices. There is a reason why the GOP is almost exclusively white and male, while the Democratic party looks like the way America actually is.

    I don’t think you believe that these injustices actually take place. For this discussion, that’s irrelevant, because the subject here is Devin Nunes, and — one thing you and I might agree on — if there is one person who has NOT been on the receiving end of injustices, it’s Devin Nunes. He had the opportunity to shape law at the federal level for years, and mostly got his political appointments by licking the boots of people more powerful than he is. Devin Nunes is a shining example of how far you can rise if you surrender all of your dignity.

    Everything bad that happened to Nunes is his own fault. If he didn’t want to have people make fun of him on Twitter, he probably shouldn’t have been a spineless bootlicking Trump worshipper. Furthermore, he makes it worse by filing a bunch of frivolous lawsuits against randos on Twitter for infinity billion dollars, which is rank hypocrisy considering he actually introduced legislation in Congress to prevent filing frivolous lawsuits. Laws for me, but not for Nunes!

    And on top of that, he acts like the randos making fun of him on Twitter is worse than getting locked up in prison for 20 years for possessing a small amount of marijuana, or even being passed over for a promotion because you’re a woman. He doesn’t get the entire world handed to him on a silver platter, and he throws a temper tantrum just as pathetic as the Toddler-in-Chief.

  • chemical

    The lawsuit accomplishes 3 things:
    1. He wants Twitter to give up the names of who’s behind the parody accounts, so he can publish them (or they will be “leaked”) and therefore sic a hate mob of Trump cultists on these jokesters.
    2. Intimidating Twitter’s leadership.
    3. He needs to feed his delusions of persecution, and wants to prove that Twitter is censoring conservative voices. If the lawsuit gets thrown out, which is likely, he’ll start screaming about the Deep State.

    Personally, I think it’s a poor plan, and not just because it was thought up by a mediocre spineless bootlicker. It’s likely to backfire on point 3: If it goes to court, Twitter may show that the “conservative” voices they censored are all Russian troll accounts, or white supremacist accounts, and they’re all showing support for Trump and the GOP. This would provide evidence that Trump was installed in the White House by Russia. That’s why I personally think he’s filing the lawsuit and counting on it getting thrown out — so he can whine about the Deep State, drain the swamp, etc.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The GOP is getting desperate for a campaign issue that won’t backfire by being tied back to Trump and / or the now-demonstrated Russian accounts that supported and installed Trump in the WH. Any GOP congresscritter that has sworn fealty to Trump on the campaign trail is now (likely) feeling the consequences and lack of love from the (former) GOP voters in his district. The GOP congresscritters have NOTHING to run on in the way of their own accomplishments (even the tax cut has been countered by Trump’s tariff taxes and the “booming” economy is actually nothing of the sort when you compare final numbers against historical data.

    As a GOP congresscritter, they have options for 2020:

    — They can admit they once again betrayed their oaths of office.
    — They can attempt to distance themselves from a rapidly shrinking “Trump-Train”.
    — They can attempt to stand against Trump to prove they have principles (ha ha ha).
    — They can attempt to run another fear-mongering campaign, but their base is pretty much on to them by now and it’s too easy for conservatives to identify the fear-mongering and prove that damage Trump’s policies are actually doing to law enforcement, State Dept, alliances, trading partners, economy, etc…..
    — They can attempt to place blame on the Democrats and run a “binary choice campaign” again, but again – the voters have pretty much caught on.
    — They can attempt to use the rapidly diminishing value of “lesser of two evils” (but too many voters – after 2 years – may decide Trump is the greater evil).
    — They can attempt to actually return to the Constitution, but they’d be fighting both the Democrats and Trump.
    — They can attempt to distance themselves from the GOP “leaders” that threatened delegates in 2016 (including at the GOP convention) then got plum WH positions for their assistance to the Trump campaign (Priebus / Bannon to name 2).

    I really cannot think of a good game plan that the GOP party has (below the presidential level – and I’m not sure they have a game plan there either) to win elections in 2020.

    If they were paying attention in 2018, they’d have recognized that their base is abandoning them. Now that counter-intelligence and social-media companies are watching for Russian influence, they won’t be able to take that “surprise” avenue to victory again.

    The ability of Trump boot-lickers to ‘control’ the narrative and the directions of Congress and the country have been curtailed and made irrelevant by their own blatant partisanship. Trump’s credibility is decreasing daily – no doubt that’s one reason for the recent tantrums.

    Again, I simply see no “winning” game-plan for Trump or the GOP in 2020. Especially with Trump having been proven impotent on his signature border wall, on his trade war, and on his “legendary” negotiating skills (as his various trade treaties now seem to be falling apart (Still no new NAFTA – no trade deal with China, no denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula, no real change in NATO funding levels, etc. The only thing Trump CAN claim is that he followed the 1995 law to move the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem – not even that he made a “bold decision”. Kushner’s “agreements” in the ME seem to be falling apart as well. A recent report of a ME Army General states that Trump is not really leaving troops behind, but doing the full pullout he tweeted about initially. That will not end well either and most people realize it.

  • Alpha 1

    My favourite subplot of the last few years is how the wealthy and powerful have all become terminally online. Now that they’re getting owned on twitter all the time they’re treating it as a civilization-ending crisis, because getting ratioed is just like being sent to a gulag. Nunes’ lawsuit is just the latest manifestation of the online psychosis consuming our ruling class.