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 CornynTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders 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 CarterPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? 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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE carried the state by 7 fewer points than Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE did in 2012, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle official denies allegations of ties to China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book MORE in 2018 by only 2 points while boosting several down-ballot Democrats with his presence on the ballot.