Liberal comedian Patton Oswalt often wields his Twitter account as a weapon against conservatives, but his latest post is being blasted by even his followers and supporters as too much too soon.
He posted this about the terrible shooting at Fort Lauderdale:
Hoping the #FortLauderdale shooter is a Trump supporter AND a Muslim so we can all focus on gun control & access to mental health care.— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt)1483741641.0
He immediately had to defend his offensive tweet to critics who saw it as crass and unsympathetic to the victims:
Re-read the Tweet. I want it UN-politicized. People are dead & each side focusing on their boogeyman du jour impede… https://t.co/bTgzbKwRDz— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt)1483742006.0
THAT'S the worst part. The phrase "another mass shooting" is part of the lexicon and we shrug our shoulders. https://t.co/JJGclcdRWo— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt)1483742174.0
This is just the latest in a long series of offensive jokes and statements by the comedian. In December he got into a full-fledged Twitter feud with conservative Ben Shapiro after one of the GOP presidential debates. The month before that he had to delete a badly worded joke that appeared to encourage terrorists to attack Trump hotels and other properties.
Last September he went on the attack against conservative actor Adam Baldwin in defense of socialist Bernie Sanders. In 2013, he tweeted "abort to end prayer" in order to mock those tweeting "pray to end abortion." In 2012 he didn't waste a minute to calling for gun control after the terrible shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, joining a chorus of other lefty celebrities.
Oswalt doesn't limit himself to Twitter either - in May he joined Samanthee Bee on her show in a profanity-laced segment bashing pro-life advocates and crisis pregnancy centers.
Officials say five were killed and more than a dozen were wounded in the attack at the Fort Lauderdale airport.