Moronic Dave Portnoy-AOC Twitter feud shows everybody takes the bait

Alex Reimer
August 14, 2019 - 9:44 am

The moronic Twitter feud between Dave Portnoy and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received an injection Tuesday night from the president’s most dimwitted son. Earlier Tuesday, the Barstool Sports Founder criticized staffers at the Ringer for their efforts to unionize, and shared a blog post he wrote in 2015 lambasting Gawker staffers for formation of a union. The troll job inspired journalist Rafi Letzter to extend an invitation to Barstool employees to “have a private chat about the union process,” which prompted Portnoy to threaten to fire any employee “on the spot” who decides to engage with Letzter.

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It’s worth mentioning these barbs were posted on Twitter, where it is totally easy to differentiate between sarcasm and sincerity. But that flaw didn’t stop Congress’ most adept user of the toxic platform, AOC, from weighing in. “If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, ‘on the spot,” she tweeted to her more than 5.1 million followers.

Portnoy, like a kid in a candy store, spent the rest of the day challenging AOC on social media. Many Barstool employees, who apparently support their boss’ exaggerated campaign against workplace protections, also joined in

Naturally, Donald Trump Jr., in his futile never-ending quest for acceptance, showed support for Portnoy as well. “Picking a fight with @stoolpresidente and @barstoolsports is probably the biggest mistake @AOC has ever made on Twitter,” he wrote.

It’s quite apparent Portnoy is trolling, and per usual, the hyperactive social justice warrior crowd breathlessly piled on. But this time, they also received assists from the AFL-CIO –– the largest federation of unions in the country –– and the U.S. Department of Labor. Both entities emphasized it would be illegal for Portnoy to fire anybody for trying to form a union at Barstool.

It’s almost as if this was one big ruse for attention. Good thing nobody took the bait. 

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