Congressman tricked into retweeting photos of Nazis and war criminals

This did not go as planned. 


Kevin Collier


Published Nov 8, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 6:10 am CDT

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), known for being an annoyance to President Obama and his Twitter followers alike, just can’t seem to stop retweeting his followers’ photos of Nazis and murderers.

On Friday evening, Issa performed a Twitter stunt he had done before: retweeting people’s pictures of their family members who had served in the military. But this time, pranksters got involved.

One user, Neil, tweeted Issa a photo of a group of American snipers in Afghanistan, saying his “bro” was pictured. Issa was apparently unaware that the photo was of the highly criticized 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, which bizarrely adopted a Nazi “SS” flag, claiming it stood for “Scout Sniper.”

@DarrellIssa my bro in the 1st Recon Bn., keeping our troops in Afghanistan safe in 2010

— neil (@neilkli) November 7, 2014

Another, Go-Gurt Darfur, posted a photo of his “Uncle Lee”—Lee Harvey Oswald, the former Marine believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

#AmericasVets my uncle Lee in 1956 @DarrellIssa

— Go-Gurt Darfur (@BrooklynJuggler) November 7, 2014

Finally, @Butt_C_Planet showed a picture of his “late grandfather,” but it was actually a photo of Nazi Heinrich Himmler, one of the principal architects of the Holocaust.

.@DarrellIssa My late grandfather, who served in the European theater in WWII #AmericasVets

— Butt C. Planet (@a_planet_irl) November 7, 2014

Issa’s Twitter account has since un-retweeted all three of those tweets. Members of Issa’s staff previously told the Daily Dot that Issa often doesn’t man his own Twitter account, though the account itself doesn’t make the distinction. 

But thanks to the ever-vigilant, which automatically tracks every official congressional account’s deleted tweets, Issa’s mistakes have been screengrabbed for all to see.

As of this writing, however, Issa’s staff had yet to un-retweet Uncle Dad’s picture of “dad,” who’s actually William Calley, the Army officer found guilty of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians.

#americasvets love u dad @DarrellIssa

— Uncle Dad (@unqualifiedman) November 7, 2014

Issa, who previously earned the Internet’s goodwill with his opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has since annoyed his Twitter followers with stunts like tweeting the entire Constitution, which took more than 400 tweets and cost him more than 400 followers. 

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2014, 12:04 pm CST