Fox News radio host and commentator Todd Starnes decided to ask an open question to parents while watching CNN’s town hall with survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and it didn’t go over well.
Starnes, who has a history of making dumb tweets and has reportedly suggested that former President Barack Obama was secretly gay, clearly was hoping for a different reaction when he asked his Twitter followers how they would feel if their “child lectured and ridiculed a U.S. Senator on national television.”
As you might expect, Starnes’ tweet was swiftly “ratioed”–with more than 18,000 replies compared to just over 2,000 likes and less than 500 retweets.
Parents, what would you do if your child lectured and ridiculed a U.S. Senator on national television?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 22, 2018
The question (which the Fox News radio host clearly felt would have resulted in parents being upset with the way the survivors spoke to the likes of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and others) was met with glee from people on Twitter, who suggested they would buy their children ice cream, puppies, or simply would tell them they were proud parents.
This is literally the first thing that’s ever made me consider becoming a parent https://t.co/l7rKoxs9PU— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 22, 2018
High fives and pour myself a drink for raising a good child https://t.co/y6TxI3rlC6— Samhita Mukhopadhyay (@TheSamhita) February 22, 2018
I would grill that child the finest steak she had ever apprehended you turgid dumbass https://t.co/8RpuYXkuze— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) February 22, 2018
"Son, ridiculing Marco Rubio is how you become president." https://t.co/SnXuEXWk9B— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) February 22, 2018
Prolly be grateful their kid is alive to do it and speak for the slaughtered students who can’t speak for themselves. https://t.co/iNzStCyVpZ— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) February 22, 2018
Disneyland and Legoland would be a lot to tackle in a single trip but we would make it happen https://t.co/uizvDJIg2e— Richie Nakano (@linecook) February 22, 2018
I'd be the proudest dad in America. https://t.co/JgJOGehuzi— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 22, 2018
Begin planning their future senatorial campaign. https://t.co/KXZqbtwwGC— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) February 22, 2018
Of course, Starnes wasn’t done with his live-tweeting of the CNN town hall. As they say, he must have just been trying to tweet through it.
This crowd is hostile. Do the kids speak to their parents and teachers with the same level of disrespect?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 22, 2018
Just like his other tweet–Starnes’ got buried with replies.
Their friends are dead, Todd. https://t.co/25dkElGAZI— Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) February 22, 2018
Their parents and teachers aren't actively letting them get shot all the time and taking NRA money at the same time, so I doubt it. https://t.co/N5F3XIKq2J— Sterling! (@JimSterling) February 22, 2018
On Thursday morning, Starnes addressed his ratio-ed tweet, calling it an “informal” poll. His deduction? “A majority of parents say they support their children being disrespectful and belligerent to adults.”
Starnes should really take a break from Twitter.