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Yesterday, the Daily Show comedian’s verified account, with nearly a half-million followers, disappeared after tweets about his latest target: Kaitlin Bennett, better known as the Kent State Gun Girl.
Bennett streamed into the collective consciousness in 2018 with photos and video of her carrying an AR-15 and graduation cap emblazoned with the words, “Come and take it.”
Since then, she’s made a name for herself by showing up to liberal events, pointing a camera at people, and causing a scene. Bennett, who of late has been keeping company with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, has also faced accusations of fat-shaming, transphobia, anti-Semitism, trolling, and other bad behavior.
Liberals don’t take too kindly to her antics. Many reacted with glee to reports last winter that Bennett had defecated on herself at a college party while passed out in a hallway. There is also a photo that purports to be of the incident.
Bennett herself has not commented on the veracity of the allegation, and the picture itself is from behind. Thus, it’s not possible to know whether it’s actually her.
Since then, Bennett has been dogged by people calling her “poopy pants,” sharing the picture and other photoshopped images, and otherwise using the allegation that she crapped herself to troll her. Barstool Sports even published a tongue-in-cheek “investigation” of the claim; Bennett’s Twitter bio currently includes an accusation about the author of that article.
Yesterday, Jaboukie Young-White’s account joined the chorus, pretending to be Bennett, changing his avatar and name, and tweeting repeatedly about poop.
“Sh*t is not even that unhygienic! We all do it! Scientifically, you can eat sh*t and still survive in most countries. And my American sh*t is clean, steam and all,” read one of Jaboukie’s tweets, screenshots of which are circulating on Twitter.
Another said, “Hillary lost the election, I lost control of my bowels. But only I have an AR-15.”
Other right-wing figures were equally upset.
Soon after tweeting about Bennett, the account disappeared.
According to a tweet, Young-White deactivated his account before he got trolled by the far-right.
Jaboukie did not respond to a request for comment sent to an email address included in the account description, which also states that it’s a parody.
Posobiec wasn’t entirely satiated by the account going away, seeming to take the position that people with verified accounts who encouraged Young-White, who is also verified, should be punished.
Bennett’s fans were elated, of course. Young-White’s fans and the many who take issue with Bennett, on the other hand, were disappointed.
“This tweet rules. Free my man Jaboukie,” said one supporter.
“Can we all collectively stop giving any attention to that Kaitlin Bennett girl, honest to god who cares,” tweeted @dylantaylorr.
For her part, Bennett seems to enjoy the attention.
It is not yet known whether the account will return or if this is the end of the trolling road for Young-White.
Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.