This Week In Hateful Comments and Internet Trolls: Libtards, Pool Vacuums, and (of course) Hitler

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Since we’ve switched to the new platform it has become much easier for users to leave comments. That’s a good thing, since it increases discussion and debate.

However, it has also become much easier for people to leave hateful, ignorant, and downright stupid comments.

And spam. Don’t get me started on the spam comments — over 1400 spam comments in the first 48 hours of the new site. We’re now blocking them, but a few still get through.

So! If people really want to share their stupidity and ignorance and / or spam comments, I’m happy to give them all of the attention they deserve, in what may become a new weekly feature…

This Week In Hateful Comments and Internet Trolls

Justin Avery submitted this comment on this post about the first debate between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott:

Anyone who votes for this broad is an un-American libtard leech who ignores the rule of law, the state and national Constitution, common sense and decency, and any and all reason.
Anyone who thinks this broad’s meltdown was a victory is a myopic idiot. One thing is for sure is that liberalism is the biggest threat to this nation since Hitler. Liberalism is a acute mental disorder. Abortion Barbie will go down hard.

Moving on.

Also commenting on the debate was Floyd, who offered this:

When you demand that the Attorney General break the laws that you helped pass, that doesn’t make you the winner, that makes you insane.

That one was not only inaccurate (see this link from Progress Texas) but also another example of what Lize Burr describes in her excellent essay that we republished yesterday on the tendency of Republican males to call Democratic women “crazy.”

Thanks for being a data point, dude.

This was a particularly perplexing spam post:

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Umm, yes?

This an excerpt from a comment left by Justafact (that’s just one fact, folks):

Democrat’s deeply flawed nominee will be lucky to lose by less than 20 points – and that’s a fact. Say, if you repeat ‘Koch, extreme tea party, war on women, Palin, Faux news, rethug, repubtard” ten times real fast backwards; it sounds like: ‘stale loser demonizing strategy in a vacuum of real ideas’

There is a misplaced apostrophe in the first word of the second sentence. I suggest he might work on his punctuation. And given the rest of the comment, which I did not deem worthy of publication due to extreme misogyny and personal attacks, he might also want to work on his deep-seated hatred of women.

Finally, this post struck me as particularly poetic:

No matter if some one searches for his essential thing,
so he/she wants to be available that in detail, thus
that thing is maintained over here.

It was from a spam-bot selling pool vacuum cleaners.


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Karl-Thomas Musselman on

    Those are some special comments for sure. I kind of hope there are more in poetic form. Looks like spam comments are still a thing, whether on Movable Type (oy!) or WordPress. In the process of combating them, are all comments having to be moderated or do accounts get verified in some process so they are approved?

    If not, who is moderating the discussion and debate? Hopefully not that guy from the first gubernatorial debate!

  2. I’d love to do a similar post with some of the responses I see on Texas Tribune, except from the left. . .the funniest (well saddest) are from those who claim to be Christian who practice nothing but hate speech.

    Ironically, the author seems to love hate speech. ..seems to love hyperbolic personal attacks over substance.

    I would ask why she thinks what is good for the goose is not good for the gander?

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