Devin Nunes has beef with Twitter—and he’s taking it to court. On Monday, the California Congressman filed suit against the company for “negligence, defamation…, insulting words, and civil conspiracy.” But in addition to Twitter, the complaint also names a Republican consultant and two, now-infamous parody Twitter accounts, “Devin Nunes’ Mom” (@DevinNunesMom) and “Devin Nunes’ cow” (@DevinCow).
Whether or not Nunes anticipated the public impact of the suit, he has inadvertently made internet folk heroes out of Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow, the latter of whom has seen a surge in Twitter followers (it’s currently at 387,000). While @DevinNunesMom has been suspended, @DevinCow is less than 10,000 followers away from Nunes’s own Twitter following.
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The offensive tweets in question only become stronger and more potent when couched inside the inflexible, unironic legalese of the complaint.
“Many of the tweets were vile and repulsive,” the filing reads, “including tweets that depicted Nunes engaged in sexual acts with the President.” Then the suit includes a photo of this actual tweet:
The suit takes us all on a rollercoaster of sexual education in a footnote defining the word “taint.” It also alleges that @DevinNunesMom “falsely accused Nunes of being part of the President’s ‘taint’ team.”
“The verb ‘taint’ means to contaminate morally or to affect with putrefaction,” it reads. But it also has other meanings—meanings that you cannot find in the sterile pages of Merriam-Webster.
“The Urban Dictionary defines “taint” as the area of skin on a women between her vagina and her anus,” the suit says.
While Nunes is asking for no less than $250 million for the damage done to his good name by his Twitter cow and mom, legal experts roundly see the suit as quixotic.
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