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KrangTNelson is a Weird Twitter user known for his leftist political opinions and several popular tweets, including a joke tweet about Antifa Supersoldiers that went viral and had him suspended from Twitter. After that moment, the person behind the account went on to write several pieces for Vice as a contributor. His name is a pun on the actor's name "Craig T. Nelson" and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character Krang.


According to his Twitter account, @KrangTNelson[1] joined Twitter in December of 2015. His first extant tweet was posted a year later,[2] commenting on a conversation between journalist Eli Lake, a fan, and Chapo Trap House host @ByYourLogic (shown below).

KT NELSON KrangTNelson Following goddamn I love online Deaf Jeff @ConjuringAlias 12h @EliLake You have demonstrated the most important quality that Obama lacks: humility. God bless you. I wish you a safe and wonderful holiday Eli Lake @EliLake 12h @ConjuringAlias you too. And thanks わ3 1 28 Yuletide Hog @ByYourLogic 2h @EliLake @ConjuringAlias are you guys gonna f---

Over the following year, @KrangTNelson built a following with several popular tweets related to political events and various Twitter memes. Some examples include a parody of the Hillary Clinton Watchmen Comic (shown below, left) and a Millennials are Killing… parody relating to Before The Liberals Find a Reason to Deface This Statue (shown below, right). The account was nominated for a Shorty award in 2018.[5]

LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR 2 LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOOR LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR KRANG T. NELSON @KrangTNelson Following Millennials Are Killing The Racist Statue Industry 5:03 PM- 14 Aug 2017 10,978 Retweets 31,314 Likes 112 t 11K ·31K

Antifa Supersoldiers

KrangTNelson gained attention outside of Twitter following a tweet in late October of 2017 in which he sarcastically claimed Antifa "Supersoldiers" were going to murder small business owners en masse. On October 27th, 2017, @KrangTNelson tweeted "can't wait for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents and small business owners in the town square" (shown below).

KRANG NELSON @KrangTNelson can't wait for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents and small business owners in the town square 10/27/17, 6:57 PM

On Twitter, some critics of the Antifa movement interpreted the tweet as a sincere call for violence. In response, @KrangTNelson posted a compilation of tweets mocking those who took the joke seriously (shown below).

KRANG鼎NELSON @KrangTNelson. 6h Replying to @KrangTNelson Imao, FoxNews grandparents are the most gullible s-------- on the entire planet ea These are the ones FB watch for roanity-super sokdenr KRANG NELSON @KrangTNelson witer wty not bon 7@k demented mind uhave 't wait for November 4th W ーーー ーーーーー ーーーーーーーーーー ions of antifa supersoldiers ead all white parents and ll business owners in theea a n square 7/17, 6:57 PM Lisa G for Truth acoog @FBI @FBWFO @WhiteHouse u might want to investigate bsWake uppeople. This fascist scum bag is excited about -violence and death to white people KRANG NELSON OKrangTNelson cant wat for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents and small busness owner's the town square KRANG NELSON @KrangTNelson can't wait for November 4th when miions of andifa supersoldiers w behead at white parents and small butiness owners in the town souare 02917 12 28 PM This is so unacceptable and wtthis sht y on here? Savannah ψ Trump' 10/29/17 127 AM trons Leng Beath CA Hello!! OFBl this seems Ike a warning to mel! 5/29/17 12-09 PM Antifa is Taiban ldk what's more disturbing, what he said or how many likes he got ths is the kind of hate that the left peotects,it's utterly disgusting 196 101,124 5,096

Additionally, the tweet was reported to Twitter for violating the site's terms of service, leading to @KrangTNelson's suspension on October 30th. This, in turn, led to his supporters posting his tweet, though they did not face the same punishment (example shown below).

Tom Bloke @... can't wait for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents and small business owners in the town square libb y watson @ 1,722 Likes 365 Retweets 10/30/17 at 7:47 AM via Twitter Web Client

That day, the conservative news site Gateway Pundit published an article titled "ANTIFA Leader: 'November 4th […] millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents'," referring to Tom Bloke's reposting of the @KrangTNelson tweet. The article was subsequently updated to acknowledge many saw the tweet as a joke. Meanwhile, others posted parody variations of the tweet (examples shown below). Also on October 30th, @KrangTNelson was unsuspended from the social networking site. The following day, he posted an article to Vice[3] about his experience, the first of several posts he would write for the site.

stronger thing @crushingbort Following can't wait for November 4th when millions of antifa supersoldiers will all jump onto the Texas panhandle, causing Dallas to flip into Canada 6:18 PM- 30 Oct 2017 Layla @laylasafavi Follow November 4 is when ANTIFA supersoldiers will burn all the big t-- tentacle hentai I have amassed and administer global Sharia Law. 2:35 AM-31 Oct 2017

Michael Ian Black Feud

On December 2nd, 2017, comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted about how Twitter users were taking "digs" at him by posting the jacket of a book he cowrote with Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican senator John McCain.[4]

Michael lan Black @michaelianblack Follow People are tweeting the jacket of a book I wrote with @MeghanMcCain in 2012 as some kind of dig, I guess? I am proud of the book and I love Meghan LAAIN Antifa-la-la-la-la @LizardRumsfeld Ameriea YOU SEXY DITCU 9:08 PM 2 Dec 2017 101 Retweets 3,244 Likes ● 0250 t 101 3.2K O @@

This prompted a response from @KrangTNelson, who over a series of tweets said that Black's friendship with McCain went against the values Black claimed to hold, such as access to health care (McCain opposed Obamacare).[4] Black claimed to fight for "liberal values" every day, to which KrangTNelson responded that he should consider what those are. The exchange got more heated as Black accused KrangTNelson of hiding behind the anonymity of his account and escalated into Black attempting to point out KrangTNelson's hypocrisy for holding a passport while a the Rohingya were suffering a genodice in Myanmar (shown below, left). KrangTNelson then called a truce, seeing Black's joke in "extremely poor taste." KrangTNelson then wrote a post in Vice[6] about the experience.

Michael lan Black @michaelianblack Follow Replying to @michaelianblack @KrangTNelson @MeghanMcCain How can you have a passport when the Rohingya are being slaughtered? Guess somebody doesn't practice what he preaches. 2:36 PM 3 Dec 2017 KT NELSON rangTNelson Following Replying to @michaelianblack @MeghanMcCain really dude? I'm down to call a truce at this point bc mutual friends have convinced me you mean well but this is in 'extremely poor taste 2:39 PM 3 Dec 2017

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