Dean Obeidallah sure seems to think his jokes are funny, but many thought to the contrary after the CNN columnist said he hoped Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) would settle their score in a bloody duel.
Obeidallah, a comedian, columnist for CNN.com and Daily Beast contributor, asked his more than 17,500 Twitter followers Sunday night if they were enjoying the “Republican Civil War.” Then, the funnyman posed a not-so-comical question, wondering if anyone else was hoping two Republican Senators would settle their ongoing feud in an Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton-style duel — one that ended in death.
Anyone else enjoying the Republican civil war?— Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) October 20, 2013
Anyone else hoping Ted Cruz and John McCain settle their feud in an Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton style duel? Id be rooting for John McCain— Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) October 20, 2013
McCain and Cruz have been embroiled in a long-winded feud for several months, with McCain coining the term “wacko bird” for Cruz and his fellow Tea Party Republicans.
Though Obeidallah may have been hoping for some comic relief from the partisan gridlock, his suggestion for a Burr-Hamilton-style duel sparked a firestorm from conservatives on Twitter.
@Deanofcomedy Can you imagine a 10 or 20 prominent Republicans screaming of Obama to be murdered in just 48 hours.— EducatédHillbilly (@RobProvince) October 20, 2013
.@Deanofcomedy Free comedy tip: jokes should be funny:— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 20, 2013
The comedian did try to smooth his comments over, saying Cruz was “his favorite U.S. Senator born in Canada” and that his comment was clearly a joke “as my friends understand.”