Oregon Occupiers Again Trolled on Social Media
An Oregon occupier who tearfully pledged loyalty to the Constitution gets trolled hard on Twitter.
Move over, #YallQaeda. Make room for Jon Ritzheimer and #DaddySworeAnOath.
Ritzheimer is the former Marine who planned an armed biker rally outside a mosque in Phoenix last May. According to the video below, posted on New Year’s Eve, he’s now in Oregon as part of the armed anti-government group, calling themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, that has seized empty administrative buildings on a federal refuge for wildlife. In the video, he gives a tearful confession to his children about why he can’t be with them for the holidays: “Your daddy swore an oath. He swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”
He appears to have unleashed a social media monster, with Ritzheimer getting savaged on Twitter by people posting videos showing them pledging allegiance to everything from cereal boxes to comic books. The hashtag? #DaddySworeAnOath.
It didn’t take long for #DaddySworeAnOath to light up Twitter. Here are just a few of the videos posted mocking Ritzheimer’s weepy pledge.
It remains to be seen whether Ritzheimer and his compatriots will get what they want: reconsideration of the sentences of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr., 74, and his son, Steven Hammond, 46. Both have reported to federal prison to serve five-year sentences for arson on federal land.
In the meantime, the Internet trolling — like the standoff itself — goes on.
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