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 CornynQuinnipiac polls show Trump leading Biden in Texas, deadlocked race in Ohio The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Liberal super PAC launches ads targeting vulnerable GOP senators over SCOTUS fight 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 CarterDonna Imam wins Democratic runoff to face Rep. John Carter House panel advances bill banning construction on bases with Confederate names Democrats see victory in Trump culture war 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 TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE carried the state by 7 fewer points than Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' MORE did in 2012, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE in 2018 by only 2 points while boosting several down-ballot Democrats with his presence on the ballot.