Can you guess who wrote this tweet? “Who are Mitch McConnell’s neighbors? I’m just saying Rand Paul’s neighbor did what a true Kentucky hero should do. It’s your turn to step up.”
That’s right: it was the 2019 “National Teacher of the Year.”
To refresh your memory, Sen. Paul was physically assaulted by a neighbor while working in his yard. He suffered six broken ribs and had part of his lung removed. The neighbor was sentenced to a total of nine months in jail, a $10,000 fine, community service and $580,000 in punitive damages. You know, like a hero.
When his tweet sparked the predictable outraged response, the “teacher of the year” deleted it, said he was only joking and the complaints were just “conservative bots,” and claimed that “no one said a thing until I promoted black medical awareness.” Right, promoting black medical awareness is what upset people. They're obviously just racists.
I know I’m not “the National Teacher of the Year,” but maybe I can impart a valuable lesson to him about telling jokes in public. I’ve had my share of gags that bombed, but usually, it was because the pun was too much of a groaner or something like that. So I’d say the #1 lesson of comedy is to recognize the difference between an actual, funny joke and advocating the violent assault of a public official.
Hope that helps.