Gage Skidmore/Flickr Ken Klippenstein/Twitter

Steve King duped into praising Jack Nicholson’s ‘A Few Good Men’ colonel character

'Colonel Jessup and all of your Marines: God bless you all.'


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 5, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:16 am CDT

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was duped into offering his warmest praise for a fictional colonel character on Thursday.

King was asked by Twitter user Ken Klippenstein to share a post about his “uncle,” Colonel Nathan Jessup.

“Sir, can I get a retweet for my uncle Col. Nathan Jessup, he’s in the Marines and spending the 4th overseas to keep our nation safe,” Klippenstein wrote, along with a photo of the colonel.

King, ever the ardent patriot, obliged Klippenstein’s request by quote tweeting a heartfelt message of support.

“Colonel Jessup and all of your Marines: God bless you all. You have our back and millions of us have yours! God bless America and all her warriors defending our Liberty! SK,” King responded.

Only the photo wasn’t of an actual warrior defending our liberty, at all, it was an image of Jack Nicholson’s fictional colonel character in A Few Good Men, Colonel Jessup. Nicholson played the villain in the 1992 film.

To top it off, King, who is best known for being racist, was then double duped by Klippenstein.

Klippenstein aptly changed his Twitter name to “Steve King is a white supremacist.”

That’s the moment King should have logged off for the day, but he didn’t.

King continued to quote tweet messages, one of which was a reply to an “inquiry” about the Betsy Ross flag that recently made a resurgence in the news. The Twitter user then changed their name to “Steve King drinks pee pee,” after they successfully made their way onto King’s Twitter account.

Upon learning of how easily King is duped, many began ragging on him with their own “pleas” for a supportive message.

Hopefully, King decided to log off of Twitter by now.


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*First Published: Jul 5, 2019, 9:37 am CDT