Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was the butt of the joke online Monday, after it was revealed he was suing Twitter and several parody accounts on the social networking site.
The California Congressman was ridiculed as a "snowflake" for claiming the accounts @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow caused him "extreme pain and suffering."
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti noted that Nunes' lawsuit probably won't end well, but in the meantime, he'll be mocked by more people on Twitter than the two accounts he is suing.
This lawsuit is not going to end well for Devin Nunes, but by the time it goes away, no one will care about it anym… https://t.co/On8PCnOVIO— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1552953726.0
Parody and satire are covered under the First Amendment and slander laws, or President Donald Trump would likely have sued Saturday Night Live long ago. The Nunes Mom account plainly identifies itself as a parody account, complying with the Twitter terms of service. The Cow account does not identify itself as a parody account, though presumably, users know it isn't real since cows don't tweet.
It isn't clear how Nunes will prove "pain and suffering," because he was still reelected in 2018. The complaint doesn't talk about any money he's been forced to spend to protect himself against the parody accounts. It also doesn't describe if he's been forced to take anti-depressants or attend therapy to deal with this "extreme pain and suffering."
What isn't funny is one of the women behind the account is now going to be forced to fork over hefty sums of cash until the lawsuit is dismissed.
You can see the rest of the tweets below:
They orphaned hundreds of babies and all they do is cry about Twitter. https://t.co/UN5F826I5F— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) 1552961571.0
No Republican can ever call a liberal a "snowflake" ever again. This is the definition of snowflakism https://t.co/aH8ASfiEe0— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young)))) 1552959852.0
Devin Nunes' complaint is a more devastating takedown of Devin Nunes than anything anyone has ever tweeted— Tim Murphy (@Tim Murphy) 1552950824.0
Devin Nunes suing his own parody accounts is a pretty excellent self-own. https://t.co/pUyisVJkCE— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1552955708.0
Oh look, here's Devin Nunes trying to silence free speech. Here's a thought: if you want better social media result… https://t.co/upqqBnAUTS— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1552957251.0
Devin Nunes is a stupid fucking idiot. this has been a public service announcement— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1552955392.0
Suing Twitter and Liz Mair for $200 million is exactly what I'd expect a ding dong like Devin Nunes to do. In the l… https://t.co/s1nadSL2tD— Gabriel Malor (@Gabriel Malor) 1552950666.0
Devin Nunes’ attorney . . . does not seem too preoccupied with the difference between provable statements of fact and hyperbole or insult.— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats) 1552953089.0
Devin Nunes is the child we wish we could've aborted after getting fucked by Russia that one night in November 2016.— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor) 1552954455.0
Devin Nunes is suing Initech for $519M because "someone stole his stapler"— Sarah Cooper (@Sarah Cooper) 1552952591.0
Devin Nunes has gone full Lou Dobbs, never ever go full Lou Dobbs. https://t.co/1QHRQ1Plyc— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1552953679.0
Devin Nunes has a future in comedy. This would make Andy Kaufman blush. https://t.co/3pJycLQzUC— ccrandell (@ccrandell) 1552959865.0