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Rep. Steve Stockman is Twitter's real-life Stephen Colbert


Texas congressman Steve Stockman is easily the most colorful Twitter user in the U.S. House Republican conference.

The conservative congressman from Texas’ 36th district has delighted/appalled followers with tweets comparing Central American migrants to Elian Gonzalez, suggesting that American children be sent from cities with high murder rates to Guatemala, and highlighting the hypocrisy of liberal cities that refuse to accept migrants awaiting immigration hearings.

And those are just his tweets about the border crisis that’s currently dominating the headlines.

Stockman’s tweets run the gamut from rants about people who oppose the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling to pointed comparisons between liberals and toddlers. But what really caught our attention was his zingers. Stockman must have a professional comedian on his staff, because his jabs are so good that they often resemble a conservative version of The Daily Show.

Here is an example of the slams that regularly appear on Stockman’s Twitter feed:

That last one wasn’t even the only salvo Stockman fired off on July 10, a day when the president endured a fresh round of conservative hate for playing golf instead of staging a photo-op at the Mexican border. The Texas congressman sunk a comedic hole-in-one when he suggested a new strategy for demanding accountability from the president:

Stockman’s ire isn’t directed solely at the current commander-in-chief. He also targeted the presumptive Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by comparing a famous science experiment to disappointing sales of Clinton’s book.

And here’s Stockman’s response to a tweet from the liberal organ Democracy Now!:

Lest you think that Stockman’s tweets are simply for his followers’ amusement, know that he’s serious about the dangers posed by those he mocks. He’s particularly concerned about the long-term consequences of President Obama’s so-called “pen and phone” strategy, which involves signing executive orders and coordinating public-private partnerships. Where some might see a constrained approach to governing necessitated by the political headwinds, Stockman sees the stirrings of tyranny masked by a humanitarian beverage.

His comedic chops are so strong that he even found a way to savage one of the most cherished comics of the past few decades.

Stockman’s political views may not be your cup of tea, but no one can deny that he’s on top of his game when it comes to conservative Twitter comedy.

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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