‘Let Me Explain, You Uber-Rich Pseudo-Socialist Buffoon’: Conservative Author and Liberal Actor Clash in Hostile Exchange

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt took to Twitter shortly after Tuesday’s GOP debate came to a close, voicing his dissatisfaction and pleading for Bernie Sanders’ help. Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com, offered a quick response to Oswalt’s cry, initiating a ruthless back-and-forth that ended with Shapiro accusing the stand-up comedian, writer and actor of being anti-Semitic.

At one point, Oswalt compared Shapiro to neoconservative thinker, Irving Kristol. It was after this that the writer proceeded to call Oswalt’s reference “anti-Semitic.” Things got ugly fast, and they stayed ugly, even after Oswalt insisted that Shapiro and Kristol’s shared Judaism was “incidental.”

After over half an hour of no reply, Oswalt persisted in his taunting tweets, inviting Shapiro to engage. Oswalt’s efforts were rewarded with a few more haughty jabs from Shapiro, who criticized what he believed to be Oswalt’s socialist leanings. He even “went there” and referenced Oswalt’s role in the animated blockbuster, ‘Ratatouille’.

There there was this profane rebuttal from the comedian:

The next day, Salon took sides, praising Oswalt for shooting down Shapiro’s cries of anti-Semitism and dismissing them as “absurd.”