Jim Gaffigan Loses His Mind Over Trump

Jim Gaffigan attends the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)

You hate to see it happen. A comedian you once found funny, devolving into the shadow of a sane man, all over petty politics. But like any train wreck about to happen, you can’t look away.

Tonight, Jim Gaffigan was that comedian. And he’s completely lost his mind over the speech President Donald Trump gave to accept the Republican nomination at the finale of the 2020 RNC. Not counting his comments on other people’s tweets, Gaffigan racked up a massive 18 tweets Thursday night. I won’t give you every tweet in the unhinged rant (you can find that on his timeline)… but here’s a sampling, if you will. (Hat tip to my colleague Joe Cunningham, by the way.)

It started simply enough, with the comedian mourning the death of Truth:

Warning: tweets are NSFW (contain coarse language).

“RIP Truth”

Then it started to ramp up:

“Look Trumpers I get it. As a kid I was a cubs fan and I know you stick by your team no matter what but he’s a traitor and a con man who doesn’t care about you. Deep down you know it. I’m sure you enjoy pissing people off but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal.”

Save this one for the time capsule we’ll open in Year 7 or 8 of the Trump presidency:

“to those of you who think Im destroying my career wake up. if trump gets elected, the economy will never come back.”

But this is where he loses his mind:

“F**k Lou Holtz. Biden is Catholic in name only? Compared to who? How many abortions did trump pay for? How many women has he raped? How many times did pull the s**t he did in Ukraine. Wake up. He’s a crook and a con man.”

“Please dont buy that socialist crap either. Obviously Obama wasn’t a socialist. This is all lies to scare you and you know it. Biden is not radical. Are you serious?”

“Remember everything Trump accuses the Democrats of he’s guilt of. Dont let the socialist name calling distract you from the fact he is a fascist who has no belief in law.”

“I dont give a f**k if anyone thinks this is virtue signaling or whatever. We need to wake up. We need to call trump the con man and thief that he is.”

Sadly, he seems to have a fixation on former Arizona GOP senator (and certified Never Trumper) Jeff Flake:

“Trump derangement syndrome is part of the con. Wake up. you know Fox News is biased and full of loons. it’s how they gaslight and silence criticism. Do you think any of those congressional republicans really believe in Trump or do they fear him dont want to end up like Flake.”

Just before he hung it up for the night, the comedian apparently couldn’t help adding this riposte to the Federalist writer Chad Felix Greene:

“Hey f**k you Chad. In case you didn’t notice 180,000 people have died and the country is being run by a con man who’s trying to convince half the country that the suburbs are about to be set on fire (a lie)”

Really though, the pièce de résistance was Gaffigan’s last tweet — because the comments exposed exactly who the audience for this kind of tripe always is:

People who think exactly like him.

Now, it’s possible Gaffigan can go back to telling jokes about Hot Pockets. But it seems in doubt, at this moment, that he can pull it together.