Cornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate

Cornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial MORE’s (R-Texas) campaign committee got into a war of words on Tuesday with comedian Patton Oswalt after tying tweets in which Oswalt used profanity to one of Cornyn’s 2020 Democratic challengers.

Oswalt appears in MJ Hegar’s video announcing her candidacy and tweeted her announcement to his 4.49 million followers. In response, Cornyn’s campaign committee tweeted censored screenshots of off-color jokes Oswalt has tweeted. 

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Oswalt fired back, mocking the account for censoring nonprofanity like “penis” and linking to a donation page for Hegar, calling it a “swear jar.” He also mocked a tweet in which Cornyn quoted Benito Mussolini seemingly without context, which the Texas senator later clarified was meant as a warning against an overly powerful government.

“Go tell your constituents about the time you babysat Chester A. Arthur, drink your Ensure, and sit down,” Oswalt tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet, Oswalt claimed Cornyn was “scared sh--less” of Hegar and was afraid to debate her, “so this is the straw he’s grasping at.”

Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act Cornyn faces toughest race yet in changing Texas MORE (R-Texas) in 2018, announced her candidacy Tuesday.

“Texans deserve a senator who represents our values: strength, courage, independence, putting Texas first,” Hegar said in her announcement video.

Democrats have increasingly zeroed in on what they see as cracks in Republican dominance of the Lone Star State: President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE carried the state by 7 fewer points than Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDeval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Jon Huntsman expected to run for governor in Utah MORE did in 2012, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE in 2018 by only 2 points while boosting several down-ballot Democrats with his presence on the ballot.