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.”
— 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.
— 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.
— 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 Politiwhoops.com, 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.
— 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