On Thursday, Travis County GOP chairman and longtime Texas GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak attacked former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) for comparing President Donald Trump's language about migrants and asylum seekers at the southern border to Nazism.
His remarks prompted an argument with MSNBC's Chris Hayes:
He noted that talking about immigrants as an "infestation" and "animals" is Nazi language, and in that he is 100% c… https://t.co/Tj4fMc2Yzu— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1554418189.0
Undeterred, Mackowiak doubled down, and defended Trump's use of dehumanizing language for migrants:
What word would you use to describe 4,000 apprehensions every day? https://t.co/ubnMdDIWK1— Matt Mackowiak (@Matt Mackowiak)1554418374.0
Before long, Mackowiak was deluged in tweets from people helpfully providing him with other words he might use.
@MattMackowiak Apprehensions. You racist fucknuckle.— Jeff Fecke (@Jeff Fecke)1554418506.0
@MattMackowiak uh . . . something that refers to humans and not vermin or insects?— Dr. Chuck Todd's Bangs (@Dr. Chuck Todd's Bangs)1554418519.0
@MattMackowiak "Huddled masses, yearning to breathe free."— James G. Gilmore (@James G. Gilmore)1554418546.0
@MattMackowiak "Vast governmental over-reaction to a humanitarian crisis of its own making that it very much has th… https://t.co/vSa7yAxOMa— Laurie Brunner (@Laurie Brunner)1554418743.0
They don't have weapons, and are not militants of any kind so fo course invasion is definitely not appropriate. I… https://t.co/nOPNZj9aHG— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1554418615.0
Soon after, Mackowiak seemed to realize how poorly his tweet was received, as he backtracked from his seeming endorsement of Trump's words:
Let's be clear. I don't call it an infestation or call them animals. But by now we should all know that comparing a… https://t.co/iEXbRty0Lg— Matt Mackowiak (@Matt Mackowiak)1554418742.0