Fox News host asks parents how they’d feel if their kids ‘lectured’ a senator—and got completely owned

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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.

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.

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.

Just like his other tweet–Starnes’ got buried with replies.

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.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).