Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and three of its users. Nunes accused Twitter of “shadow-banning conservatives,” censoring opposing viewpoints, and “ignoring” complaints of abusive behavior on the social media platform. But it’s his complaints about the site’s users that’s been garnering much of the attention.
The lawsuit names a user who goes by “Devin Nunes’ Mom.” According to the complaint, this user is “a person who, with Twitter’s consent, hijacked Nunes’ name, falsely impersonated Nunes’ mother, and created and maintained an account on Twitter (@DevinNunesMom) for the sole purpose of attacking, defaming, disparaging and demeaning Nunes.”
“In her endless barrage of tweets, Devin Nunes’ Mom maliciously attacked every aspect of Nunes’ character, honesty, integrity, ethics and fitness to perform his duties as a United States Congressman,” the complaint continues, citing a tweet from the account that depicts the symbiotic relationship between Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump, and Nunes in a crude drawing inspired by The Human Centipede (First Sequence).
5. OMG Nunes included this tweet in his complaint. pic.twitter.com/cLgtNurMP1
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 18, 2019
Twitter suspended the account as of yesterday afternoon. Nunes’s legal team says the account “defamed” Nunes and that Twitter did nothing to stop this until Nunes’s own mother complained:
“Devin Nunes’ Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl; falsely accused Nunes of being a racist, having ‘white supremist friends’ and distributing ‘disturbing inflammatory racial propaganda’; falsely accused Nunes of putting up a ‘Fake News MAGA’ sign outside a Texas Holocaust museum; falsely stated that Nunes would probably join the ‘Proud Boys’, if it weren’t for that unfortunate ‘nomasturbating’ rule’; disparagingly called him a ‘presidential fluffer and swamp rat’; falsely stated that Nunes had brought ‘shame’ to his family; repeatedly accused Nunes of the crime of treason, compared him to Benedict Arnold, and called him a ‘traitor.’ …
Twitter only suspended the account in 2019 after Nunes’ real mother, Toni Dian Nunes, complained. … Twitter permitted @DevinNunesMom, for instance, to tweet and retweet with impunity throughout 2018.”
Nunes’s complaint also takes aim at a user named “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” or @DevinCow, which posted several tweets mocking Nunes, including a couple saying Nunes is a “treasonous cowpoke” and an “udder-ly worthless” criminal. That account is still active.
Do process servers visit dairies or will it come in the mail? 🐄 https://t.co/TSFurLwCwO
— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) March 19, 2019
“The substance and timing of the tweets, retweets, replies and likes by Mair, Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow demonstrates that all three bad actors were and are engaged in a joint effort, together and with others, to defame Nunes and interfere” with his congressional duties, said Nunes’s legal team.
The suit, if you ask many of Nunes’s critics, is udder-ly ridiculous. As several noted, the lawsuit has only amplified the reach of Devin Nunes’s Cow even further.
Oh look, here's Devin Nunes trying to silence free speech. Here's a thought: if you want better social media results, do better things. https://t.co/6BvSsrN60X
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 19, 2019
Apparently this was the image @DevinNunes really, really disliked.
No one should repost it. It would be wrong, and bad. pic.twitter.com/DBADphxBD4
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 19, 2019
This lawsuit Devin Nunes filed is almost so batshit crazy that it’s like he’s trying to draw our attention away from some other deep shit he has found himself in such as the crimes he committed not covered under congressional immunity finally catching up with him.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 19, 2019
So about six hours ago Devin Nunes sued the anonymous owner of @DevinCow for false claims sent to its 1,204 followers. They now have 28,000 followers and climbing. Do these guys understand how social media works at all? https://t.co/oXYB4AzRHg
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) March 19, 2019
*everybody laughs at Devin Nunes*
Nunes: ”We’ll see who’s laughing after I sue this fake internet cow!”
*everybody laughs harder*
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 19, 2019