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 (@Joe Walsh)1504182057.0
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.
@WalshFreedom Je suis someone who wants you to pay your child support— Richard Belzsnickel (@Richard Belzsnickel)1504185646.0
@WalshFreedom Je Suis someone who does 6 seconds of research before smashing my fingers into my phone like some kin… https://t.co/YdEm0nvmpx— Lana Del R’lyeh 🦑 (@Lana Del R’lyeh 🦑)1504186908.0
@WalshFreedom Besides the obvious, there's literally an example of this *in the article you just shared* https://t.co/UzOUJbWcpR— Lisa Fleisher (@Lisa Fleisher)1504186304.0
@WalshFreedom Let me Google that for you, champ. 2015: https://t.co/ON2v2JDXWp 2016: https://t.co/Ol2S7w3f5X 201… https://t.co/6yECmXjkeL— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1504185483.0
@WalshFreedom When you get done paying your child support, perhaps it's time to do a little research on this topic.… https://t.co/GuvDZ5Crsm— Brian P. Hickey (@Brian P. Hickey)1504183328.0
@WalshFreedom Can you remember as far back as 2015, or is that too difficult for you?— Nicholas Kaufmann (@Nicholas Kaufmann)1504184557.0
@WalshFreedom I feel like I remember there was a whole thing.— Master Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King (@Master Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King)1504187453.0
@WalshFreedom 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 (@Marc Livolsi)1504184979.0
@WalshFreedom Joe Walsh is a performance artist parodying a stupid pundit. Only reasonable explanation.— John Washburn (@John Washburn)1504186722.0
@WalshFreedom this is your Mona Lisa— Ramzy Nasrallah (@Ramzy Nasrallah)1504186802.0
@WalshFreedom I feel like your stupidity and lack of moral character have reached levels that require medical attention. Please call 911.— I'm Fine. (@I'm Fine.)1504186557.0
@WalshFreedom You might want to Google #JeSuisCharlie and then delete this tweet before any more people see it.— Will-o'-the-Wisp (@Will-o'-the-Wisp)1504185013.0
@WalshFreedom Er... you do know that 12 of their staff were killed by jihadists for cartoons they'd printed that th… https://t.co/PnPcvVvTtb— Etienne Cloche 🎧 🌹🤚 (@Etienne Cloche 🎧 🌹🤚)1504182881.0
@WalshFreedom No wonder you can’t remember to pay your child support— ale (@ale)1504186079.0