Comedian Patton Oswalt is known for engaging his haters in Twitter battles that can rage for days—once he gets going, he will never quit. And considering he's one of the most savagely witty people on Twitter, it usually doesn't end well for the troll in question. But Peoria realtor Tony Brust must be regretting his decision to harass Oswalt more than any of the rest, because it just cost him his job.
As The Chicago Tribune reported, the feud started on Monday, when Oswalt tweeted the following joke in support of Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who was fired for refusing to enforce President Trump's Muslim ban, which she believed was illegal.
Trump: "You leave this White House now!" Sally Yates rides bus to city. Becomes a taxi dancer. Leads dance revolt against pimp. Triumphs.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2017
Brust responded with a tweet saying, "Oh s**t, the little troll has an opinion again."
Many of Oswalt's fans and colleagues joined forces to clown on this guy, including comedy writer Chris Conroy.
@tonybrust @pattonoswalt Everyone stop having opinions! You're upsetting Tony Brust!— Chris Conroy (@conniewriter) January 31, 2017
Instead of engaging Oswalt or Conroy in a substantive political debate (or better yet disappearing forever), Brust decided to respond by making a crack about Oswalt's wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara. McNamara tragically died in her sleep last April, leaving a 7-year-old daughter. Brust quickly deleted his tweet, but the damage was done.
And of course, Oswalt noticed. He was not happy.
Would've happily ignored Tony Brust if he hadn't sent THIS Tweet. But he did and it caught me at a dark moment: pic.twitter.com/yflAMuSAqo— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2017
After that, Twitter came down on this schmuck like a ton of bricks. Soon, he had deleted his account. Oswalt couldn't have been happier.
Brustin' makes me feel good. https://t.co/Mh12jp3YYT— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2017
🎶And it seems to me— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2017
You lived your life
Like a realtor in Peoria pic.twitter.com/OGZbq1cyH5
At this point, you might assume Brust would take a well-advised break from social media, and forget this ugly chapter of his life. But unfortunately at him, he had made his cruelly tasteless joke from a public Twitter account in which he clearly identified his employer. And his employer wasn't pleased with all this new publicity. That same day, Brust was formally terminated.
Poor Tony Brust. First of what's sure to be many emboldened Trumpers who think the Asshole Force Field extends to them: pic.twitter.com/t8r0V4poIO— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 1, 2017
Oswalt makes a good point. Trolls everywhere probably think they can get away with saying and doing whatever they want now, because Trump does. But they're in for a rude awakening, and so is he.