During Standoff, Congressman Tweets Global Warming Joke About Boston Bombing Suspect

“Suspect thought he could escape in backyard boat after hearing Gore speak on global warming.” — Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX)

As police surrounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) mocked the deadly situation with a joke about global warming. Stockman, notorious for making tasteless jokes about LGBT issues, abortion and gun control, and President Obama, tweeted the following at 8:08 PM:

Evidently this joke about a suspect involved in the deaths of at least four people and the catastrophic injuries of dozens of others went too far even for Stockman, who later deleted the tweet.

After Tsarnaev was captured, Stockman used his Twitter account to praise law enforcement officials, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and Obama.

by Brad Johnson, Campaign Manager for Forecast the Facts

50 Responses to During Standoff, Congressman Tweets Global Warming Joke About Boston Bombing Suspect

  1. Ha ha ha! Funny joke republican steve stockman. It’s hard to nail jokes about American loss of life and terrorism.

    Very droll.

    Enjoy your drought!

  2. Lou Grinzo says:

    Just when I think I have, finally, at long last and at tremendous personal pain, come to understand just how myopic, selfish, and generally loathsome some right wingers can be, one of them does something like this and proves me wrong.


  3. Tami Kennedy says:

    I think @SteveWorks4You chooses to avoid growing GDP by wasting tax dollars on his congressional salary.

  4. Mark E says:

    As a tweet-and-delete publicity stunt, done on purpose, it becomes even worse.

  5. Melissa says:

    That Stockman, what a card.

  6. Andy_txn says:

    Just when I though Gohmert & Cruz were the only real nutjobs in Texas….

  7. ARWKoppen says:

    Very clear, it more looks like that global warming joke was about him and his feet getting too hot.

  8. Joan Savage says:

    Here’s a Houston Chronicle background story on Stockman’s astonishingly unethical activities in his political campaigns.

    “Down and dirty: The 36th congressional district race ends up in the mud”

  9. Kathy Hurt says:

    Just Another Texas Ass Hat!…..I used to live there,I can say that! This guy is known for being a Pig!

  10. Edward J. Wilkins says:

    I am sitting at work, staring at a half dozen US flags at halfmast.

    Reading about senators and other elected officials using this event to make jokes and sarcastically try to further their political aims.

    Since when is this appropriate?

  11. carmaletta says:

    very stupid remark. considering what all had and was happening

  12. Just more proof that the wrong people are elected to office for all the wrong reasons. How sad and pathetic is your life if this Stockman character is your representative? The ignorance level in today’s GOP has reached critical mass. If we aren’t careful, the stupid will consume us all.

  13. psher grant says:

    A full court press from the myopics. I hear them all the time. Where are the reasoned and rational minds? Where are the moral and ethical spirits?

  14. prokaryotes says:

    How Climate Change Could Make Summer Crime Waves Worse

    This Congress man should be aware that heat can contribute to more violence. And with further food/water scarcity, projected downward trends like with the economy, overall stress for society, people and weapons are a bad setup.

    And that is why we should take Global Warming seriously and not make dumb jokes about it.

  15. phyllis says:

    just another idiot with too much time on his hands–to bad he couldn’t think of ways to help humanity instead of showing us how low it can go–we need to demand a refund of his pay for incomplete work done FOR THE PUBLIC- instead of his own personal agenda

  16. Jacob says:

    Unfortunately, here in the U.S., we are far out numbered by the unreasoned and irrational minds as well as the immoral and unethical spirits. It’s a very sad state of affairs.

  17. bill says:

    Censure Steve Stockman. As a resident of Boston his comments about wolf Blitzer and now this are absurd, insensitive and show a complete lack of respect for what happened here.

  18. Leif says:

    Violence is endemic in Western society. The very foundation of Western Capitalism is founded on the rape and pillage of Earth’s natural resources and the ability of the chosen few to pollute the commons for personal gains. This inequity leads directly to the “haves” and the clean up crew. i.e. “socially enabled capitalism.” Exploited masses tend to lash out mindlessly. Proliferation of guns accentuate their actions.

  19. Ed Fierstos says:

    Hey, this is nothing more than the continuing change process the republicans set out to accomplish after their post-election autopsy of why they lost the last election in so many states. Good to see the progress is ongoing. They just keep making fools of themselves. But do they HAVE to share their joy in making so much progress so quickly?

  20. Some little men really lust after attention.
    It starts before two when they holler, NO all the time, throw things, and try to turn blue by holding their breath. MOM is not impressed.

    Later it is throwing balls at people on the play ground, cussing, spitting, holding private parts in public, and trying to find new ways to fart. Mom is not impressed.

    If they still cannot find a way for public attention in a positive behavior….they start driving while drinking, taking chances in the car, racing on the street, playing “chicken”, and saying crude things about woman. Some of them even are elected to Congress by male friends who find this impressive… Mom still is not impressed.

    Well sonny boy, your tweet is in a long line of infantile obnoxious immature male behaviors; and is still NOT impressive to women. There are more of us in the voting public than any other demographic…and we are NOT IMPRESSED once again.

    Go home and quit publicly pooping your diaper up. Grow up, quit trying to impress your most infantile male friends…

  21. Gingerbaker says:

    Ok, he’s an idiot. But it was a little humorous. Lighten up – humor is good.

  22. Chris Winter says:

    According to The Houston Chronicle, Stockman said, ““I just started to get this desire six or eight years ago that if I ever had the opportunity, I would put my head out there and my name and go run, because I think I have ideas that help.”

    Well, his head is certainly “out there.” But his ideas are not very helpful.

    Stockman should spend a day in the stocks in Copley Square. He might learn something about the impact of mockery.

  23. bruce says:

    stockman never passes up an opportunity to show he’s an ass.

  24. Unfortunately this useless member of congress will be entitled to benefits for life at our expense

  25. Duane Daum says:

    I used to think that too, but it’s not true. They pay in social security like everybody. Here’s the retirement schedule:

    Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. They are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80 percent of his or her final salary.

  26. Timothy Hughbanks says:

    Wise man, Stockman. The reason I know the moon landing was a hoax and the Challenger disaster never happened is that JFK started the space program.

  27. Swinedance says:

    To become congressman Stockman had to get a majority of votes in his district. We wonder why our country is in trouble.

  28. Teri Wilson says:

    I think sometimes people joke because things are so horrible they don’t know what else to do. Yes he should have kept it to himself, but maybe he wasn’t trying to be a complete asshole.

  29. Charles Zeller says:

    Unfortunately, that’s what wins votes in East Texas districts (Louis Gohmert, Ralph Hall, Steve Stockman).

  30. bill mckibben says:

    wow, what a funny joke. this guy is a regular mark twain.

  31. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    All Rightwingers are like this. People who are not like this are not true Rightwingers. Many people call themselves ‘Right’ because they have been brainwashed to think it a sign of success or, sadly, virtue, but inside they lack the ‘qualities’ that make a true Rightist- immense greed, gigantic egotism, love of violence, hatred and fear of others and lack of human empathy etc. They think themselves ‘Right’, but remain human.

  32. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Not just that, but they are eroding your legal rights re Miranda warnings, yet again, in the name of the Holy ‘War on Something or Other We Don’t Like’. Today the Boston murderers, tomorrow ‘Green terrorists’.

  33. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Lack of human empathy and indifference to the suffering of others produces moral imbecility.

  34. John Schwarzmann says:

    What a numbskull! Unfortunately we live in the age of stupid where his greedy ilk causes irreversible damage every day. Time to jettison our corrupt kleptocracy and replace it with a form of jury duty where real people are randomly picked to serve their society in legislative positions.

  35. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Crimes waves are good for business. You have to build more private gaols to hold the ‘perps’, preferably for decades. Perhaps they could be re-defined as ‘internal enemy combatants’ and held forever (a nice, steady, revenue stream) as at Guantanamo. You’ve gotta think like a capitalist. Let your reptilian brain run free, roaming those sun-lit uplands, soaking up the warmth of profit, opportunity and a 10% return on capital.

  36. Scott says:

    As a Texan, Stockman has always embarrassed me. He’s a nasty, party-line extreme right-winger.

  37. Chris Winter says:

    Stockman is not alone. Arkansas state rep Nate Bell tweeted, “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?”

    Yes, he’s a Republican and he’s NRA through and through. And Herman Cain weighed in with a similar sentiment. See here:

  38. Artful Dodger says:

    The rumours of his humour have been greatly exaggerated. Cheers, Bill! ;)

  39. Andy Lee Robinson says:

    I’d call it a Freudian Quip.

    For a ‘hoax’, global warming is certainly prominent enough in the Republican Hivemind to warrant continual ridicule and denial.

    They’re dug in so deep it is destroying them.

  40. dennis baker says:

    Perhaps he was avoiding Noahs Flood

    US congressman cites biblical flood to dispute human link to climate change

  41. islandtimeonly says:

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    Voices of a People’s History of the United States: Second Edition

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  42. islandtimeonly says:

    That never even occured to me. “Tweet and Delete”? There’s truly no hope…

  43. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Do it by lottery. It worked in Babylon (according to Borges).

  44. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    If you tell the Repugnants that they are ‘social insects’, the ‘social’ will upset them more than the other description.

  45. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Are we far out numbered? Or are we far out organized, far out flanked, and far out communicated?

  46. Dwht Jenna says:

    A turd in the fountain of life

  47. FeslenR says:

    why is this even news any more? If a Texas politician actually says something smart, dignified and helpful THAT should be news….not this turd.

  48. Susan Anderson says:

    Thanks (I think) for providing one more example of how stupid stupid can be.

  49. Jeffrey Davis says:

    Funny stuff. Almost as funny as the fact that more people died in the fertilizer explosion than died in Boston. What a riot!

    Hey! Did you hear the one about the Republican who opposed regulation? It’s hysterical.

  50. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The latter-and, crucially, out-spent.