“Thumbing through his Facebook feed, University of Nebraska Professor Ari Kohen came across the now widely shared photo of a defaced campaign sign for (R) Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
Shared on the social media platform by Seeing Red Nebraska, a progressive political blog, the photo depicts Fortenberry with a pair of oversized googly eyes, while a strip of tape turned the incumbent Republican's name into a sophomoric joke.
Kohen, an associate professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, clicked like on his cellphone screen.
“I know this is not high comedy,” said Kohen, who originally thought the photo was a Photoshop prank. “It was Sunday, I was bored and got a laugh out of it. I clicked like because I found it amusing.
”But leaving a like on the photo was anything but amusing, according to the man whose face was on the sign.
While Lincoln Police began investigating, a Fortenberry campaign staffer in Lincoln sent a screenshot showing Kohen’s like to the congressman's Washington, D.C., office, and the next day, Dr. William “Reyn” Archer III, his chief of staff, called Kohen to talk about it.”
To honor fair use I’ll let Professor Kohen pick up the story on Twitter.
The kicker? Prof Kohen recorded the threatening call and posted it on YouTube:
Christ, these Republicans are insufferable.