Republican former lawmaker Joe Walsh slapped the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” for its provocative comic condemning Hurricane Harvey victims as Nazis — but social media users hammered him for getting the facts horribly wrong.
The cartoon cover was published Wednesday, showing Nazi flags half submerged in floodwaters as victims make Nazi salutes as they drown, along with the caption, “God Exists! He Drowned All the Neo-Nazis of Texas.”
Naturally, many Americans were upset by the comic — including Walsh, a conservative talk radio host, former one-term Illinois congressman and infamous child support scofflaw.
French rag Charlie Hebdo mocks Harvey victims as Neo Nazis
Charlie Hebdo makes fun of everyone but Muslims. Cowards https://t.co/VUnXuN1ARy
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 31, 2017
Charlie Hebdo, of course, was targeted by two al Qaeda terrorists who killed 12 and wounded another 11 during a January 2015 mass shooting provoked by the satirical magazine’s comics mocking Islam.
Walsh was so angry about that attack — and media coverage of it — that he called on ISIS to behead CNN and MSNBC employees who refused to show Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Muslim cartoons.
The satirical magazine published a comic just last week mocking Islam as a “religion of peace” — and Twitter users let Walsh have it.
What was the #JeSuisCharlie thing about again?
— Cranky Gordon (@CrankyGordon) August 31, 2017
Je suis someone who wants you to pay your child support
— Jawn Rhys-Hoskins (@FanSince09) August 31, 2017
Je Suis someone who does 6 seconds of research before smashing my fingers into my phone like some kinda doofus who doesn't pay child support
— VERSACE TARGARYEN ☭ (@AntDipalma) August 31, 2017
Looks like child support isn't the only thing you've forgotten.
— crevans (@c_r_evans) August 31, 2017
The hell is wrong with you man?
— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@SkylarJordan) August 31, 2017
Besides the obvious, there's literally an example of this *in the article you just shared* pic.twitter.com/UzOUJbWcpR
— Lisa Fleisher (@lisafleisher) August 31, 2017
Let me Google that for you, champ.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 31, 2017
When you get done paying your child support, perhaps it's time to do a little research on this topic. I'll wait (while your kids starve).
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) August 31, 2017
Can you remember as far back as 2015, or is that too difficult for you?
— Nicholas Kaufmann (@TheKaufmann) August 31, 2017
I feel like I remember there was a whole thing.
— Rebecca Schoenkopf (@commiegirl1) August 31, 2017
Seems like you pay even less attention than child support.
— slieser (@opiursls) August 31, 2017
Joe is a serial violator of the "better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" rule.
— Marc Livolsi (@marclivolsi) August 31, 2017
Joe Walsh is a performance artist parodying a stupid pundit. Only reasonable explanation.
— John Washburn (@johnwashburn) August 31, 2017
this is your Mona Lisa
— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) August 31, 2017
I feel like your stupidity and lack of moral character have reached levels that require medical attention. Please call 911.
— Pretty & Petty (@GWCH) August 31, 2017
You might want to Google #JeSuisCharlie and then delete this tweet before any more people see it.
— Will Harrison (@wharrison51) August 31, 2017
Er… you do know that 12 of their staff were killed by jihadists for cartoons they'd printed that they'd taken offence to? Surely you do!
— Steve Bell (@GagarinBass35) August 31, 2017
No wonder you can’t remember to pay your child support
— comrade burgos (@alexburghost) August 31, 2017
— Chris Albes (@ChrisAlbes) August 31, 2017