Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) Doesn’t Recognize Satire, Makes Tweetgaffe
You not only have to question the intellectual acumen of some members of Congress; you have to ask yourself just how they have managed to surround themselves with similarly unsophisticated, insular rubes. Here’s one example: Iowa congressman Tom Latham has managed to out-Gohmert Louis Gohmert!
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) castigated MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Monday, calling him “America’s village idiot” in a Facebook post. Latham, however, ended up being the one looking uninformed, when he found out that he based his criticism of Hayes on what turned out to be a satirical article.
On Monday, Veterans Day, the Daily Currant published an article claiming that Hayes was personally disgusted with the holiday.
“I don’t know about you, but Veterans Day makes me sick,” the article in the satirical publication quoted Hayes as saying. “It’s just such a jingoistic, macho display of violence and power. I saw a parade while biking to work this morning and I literally felt like vomiting.”
Latham, in turn, was disgusted by Hayes, going after him on both Facebook and Twitter.
In a tweet that was removed, Lantham wrote: “Disgust from MSNBC host for the very men and women who fought for his right to state that ‘soldiers aren’t heroes.'”
Politwoops, a project of the Sunlight Foundation that captures tweets deleted by politicians, noted that Latham deleted the tweet 21 seconds after it went up.