Devin Nunes Sues Cow

Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and the accounts @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow (Devin Nunes' Cow) for $250M.

That's right: "Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is suing Twitter because a fake cow was mean to him on the internet ... He's also suing the fake cow." [...]

USA Today's DC Justice and Investigations Editor Brad Heath tweeted out the filing in a series of progressively weirder -- and unintentionally hilarious -- screencaps, saying: "Nunes thinks various dairy puns were defamatory. So perhaps we'll get some interesting case law about how literally a reasonable reader would construe tweets from an account purporting to belong to a cow."

The screencaps are now how I, and many other people not only found out about the accounts, but also that Nunes is suing someone for calling him "herp-face" online.

Every human with working eyes immediately found this example of alleged injury in Nunes's filing ... which was an image tweeted out by "Devin Nunes' Mom" depicting a human centipede diagram of Putin, Trump, and Nunes. In that order. New GOP logo? What's about Devin Nunes' Grapes or Devin Nunes' Farm? I have so many questions.

Nunes went on to catalogue the falsehoods and defamations tweeted by the Devin Nunes' Mom account:

Devin Nunes' Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl; falsely accused Nunes of being a racist, having "white supremist friends" and distributing "disturbing inflammatory racial propaganda"; falsely accused Nunes of putting up a "Fake News MAGA" sign outside a Texas Holocaust museum; falsely stated that Nunes would probably join the "Proud Boys", "if it weren't for that unfortunate 'no masturbating' rule"; disparagingly called him a "presidential fluffer and swamp rat"; falsely stated that Nunes had brought "shame" to his family; repeatedly accused Nunes of the crime of treason, compared him to Benedict Arnold, and called him a "traitor", "treasonous shitbag", a "treasonous Putin shill", working for the "Kremlin"; falsely stated that Nunes was "100% bought and sold. He has no interest remaining for his constituents"; falsely accused Nunes of being part of the President's "taint" team; falsely stated that Nunes was unfit to run the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; falsely accused Nunes of "secretly hat[ing] the people he's supposed to serve"; falsely accused Nunes of being a "lying piece of shit"; falsely stated that Nunes would lose custody of his children and was going to "the pen"; falsely accused Nunes of receiving pay for undermining "American Democracy"; falsely stated that Nunes was "the most despicably craven GOP public official" and that "Devin might be a unscrupulous, craven, back-stabbing, charlatan and traitor, but he's no Ted Cruz"; falsely stated that Nunes was "voted 'Most Likely to Commit Treason' in high school"; falsely stated that "The people of California's Central Valley are upright folk who work hard, look you square in the eye and give you a firm handshake. And then there is @DevinNunes"; falsely stated that Nunes is "not ALL about deceiving people. He's also about betraying his country and colluding with Russians"; stated "I don't know about Baby Hitler, but would sure-as-shit abort baby Devin"; falsely stated that "Alpha Omega wines taste like treason"; falsely stated that "@DevinNunes wanted me to tell everyone that he'll be releasing a pic soon to get ahead of that AMI thing, and that it only looks that way because of all the blow"; falsely suggested that Nunes might be willing to give the President a "blowjob"; falsely stated "@Devin Nunes look @SpeakerRyan is removing @Rep_Hunter from his committee seat because he's corrupt and incompetent. I wonder why he let you keep yours?"; falsely accused Nunes of "covering up Trump's conspiracy against the United States"; falsely accused Nunes of lying to Congress; falsely accused Nunes of suborning "perjury"; falsely stated that "@Devin Nunes is DEFINITELY a feckless c***" [and it keeps going...]

And, apropos of nothing, Last Congress, Devin Nunes cosponsored a bill called the "Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act".

More likely is that this is the latest installment in a long-running Republican campaign to "work the refs" when it comes to political discourse.

So feel free to chuckle about the spectacle of Devin Nunes suing "Devin Nunes' cow", but know that this most likely isn't about his purported cow or what it said. Nunes is telegraphing an expansive effort to go after people who hurt Republicans with their public discourse. Its potential impact, not so much legally as from personal behavioral standpoint, shouldn't be so casually dismissed.

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3 Responses:

  1. MattyJ says:

    'disparagingly called him a "presidential fluffer and swamp rat"'

    I wonder if he just read the inflection wrong on that one to come to the conclusion that it was said in a disparaging way. When I read it, it comes from a place of love.

  2. James says:

    Round one, we buy a bunch of air time to lie about things.

    Round two, we get our attorneys to make other peoples free air time to lie about things risky and unappealing.

    Round three, let's bring back Lèse-majesté.

    Round four, 'we totally can't stop these well-funded paramilitary groups who happen to support the most extreme form of our stated policy aims. They are definitely terrorists and we disapprove of their actions in the strongest possible terms that don't involve policy action to stop them.'

    Round five, 'there's been so much terrorism we need more powers and surveillance to stop it.'

    Round six, those terrorists from round four work for us now to stop terrorists.

  3. Eric says:

    The GOP: We fully support free speech, unless someone makes fun of us.

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