Devin Nunes is a real human obsessed with a pretend cow who loves to tweet. Sadly for him, as of a Friday ruling, the congressman from California will have to leave Twitter out of his ongoing litigious obsession.
Nunes, a Republican, sued Twitter in March of last year, claiming the social media platform let the parody account Devin Nunes’ cow defame him. According to the Fresno Bee, Judge John Marshall ruled last week that Section 230 protects Twitter from liability for content hosted on the platform, and as such, the San Francisco-based company is no longer a defendant in the ongoing case.
The Twitter account in question has long been a thorn in Congressman Nunes’ shockingly thin hide. The @DevinCow account, which pretends to be the supposed farmer turned congressman’s cow, has mocked Nunes for, among other issues, his ongoing defense of Donald Trump and being an alleged “treasonous cowpoke.”
To be clear, and because it’s worth restating, the account is pretending to be a cow owned by Devin Nunes. That’s it. That’s what the literal member of Congress is so upset about.
Whoever is behind the account, on the other hand, seems to be enjoying themselves.
“The herd responded to Devin’s loss in court today,” tweeted the unnamed person (or persons) on Wednesday. “I had to hide the [ice cream] so they didn’t throw it as well #DevinNunesIsAnIdiot”
Nunes, for his part, tried to convince his Twitter followers to move to Parler, an alternate social media platform favored by the right, to which the @DevinCow account responded, “I have some good moooos for you. Oh, wait, it’s good for me and not for you[.]”
To be clear, @DevinCow is not totally out of the legal woods yet. Nunes’ lawsuit against the owner of the account, as well as two other Twitter accounts — one a now-suspended parody of Devin Nunes’ mother, and the other belonging to political strategist and Nunes critic Liz Mair — are still pending.
To be fair, I think the @fresnobee writing up your investment in a winery that allegedly used underage hookers to solicit investment— an allegation you’ve known about for years, during which you’ve stayed invested in it, I might add— did surprise you. https://t.co/acMlAXjPP8
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) June 23, 2018
Twitter, however, appears to have extricated itself from the ongoing temper tantrum of this apparently grown congressman.
“Twitter enforces the Twitter Rules impartially for everyone who uses our service around the world, regardless of their background or political affiliation,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Fresno Bee. “We are constantly improving our efforts to serve the public conversation and will continue to be transparent with the public.”
As of the time of this writing, the hashtag #DevinNunesIsAnIdiot was trending on Twitter.