5 Dumbest Tweets by Politicians So Far This Year

We’re not even three months into the year, but American politicians have already made a number of social media gaffes in 2013. Looking at some of these Tweets, it’s pretty obvious that certain politicians should deactivate their Twitter accounts… if not their political careers altogether.


Texas Representative Steve Stockman ruffled a lot of feathers by asserting that the best thing about our planet is that we can get oil and gas from it when we abuse it. Talk about taking a callous attitude toward the environment. If oil is legitimately your favorite thing about Earth, then you’re probably a crooked politician whose top donor is the oil industry. Oh wait!

If you think that’s dumb, Mother Jones has a compelling article detailing why Stockman might be the “nuttiest” federal politician around today.



After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he hopes to be the first Iranian in space, Senator John McCain took to Twitter to make a joke about he was already there, referencing Iran’s supposed space launch of a monkey. Whether or not the racist undertones were intentional, the comment was in poor taste and drew criticism from fellow politicians.

McCain’s response to the controversy? “Lighten up.”



Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman, Dave Agema, has been a consistently vocal – though inaccurate – Obama critic. (He hates prayer! He’s a secret Muslim!) So imagine how exciting it was for Agema to come across a story about Obama’s illegitimate son being kept out of the limelight. The only problem is that it’s not a real story – it’s a satirical article from The Onion. Armed with wishful thinking, Agema asked his Twitter followers to verify the piece.

After being called out, Agema later said he knew it was a joke. Although that’s a questionable assertion in itself, supposing he did know it wasn’t real, that would indicate he was willing to let his gullible followers (I mean, they buy his other crap) believe it as fact. Dumb or evil? I’ll let you decide.



On Lincoln’s birthday, New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke commemorated by the day by declaring him our 14th President. If the sole point of your Tweet is to state a well-known, indisputable fact, you might want to make sure you’ve done your research first. The message didn’t last even ten minutes before it was deleted, but Politwoops, a website devoted to archiving politicians’ deleted tweets has stored the amusing error for posterity.


“Me likey Broke Girls” read Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s Twitter account as a provocative ad for the CBS show 2 Broke Girls aired during the Super Bowl.

Phil Hardy, Labrador’s now-fired staffer, took the heat for the Tweet. Apparently, he meant to post the comment to his personal account, not the Congressman’s, but this hormone-fueled comment quickly disgraced his boss. Let that be a lesson to all public figures: your social media accounts are only as clean as the people who operate it.


Related Stories:

Twitter, the Self-Appointed Defender of Our Free Speech

Twitter Trolls Attack Rape Victim, Are Arrested

Visitors to US Deported Because of Twitter



stacey t.
Stacey Toda4 years ago

Stupid, stupid, stupid

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

I don't like McCain, but his joke about Amadinejad is fair. Look how Iran and its leaders treat women, non-muslims, animals, the enviroment and how they misuse the oil money to line their own pockets.
If you're in Congress and don't know in which order President Lincoln served, it's time to change your career or maybe take a refreshment course or even try out for a citizenship test!

Robby K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Stupid tweets surely come from both sides (I never use Twitter). But the most appaling thing in this article is what happened to the monkey in John McCain's post & the 2nd worst is him just making a joke about it. That poor thing can't even move. It's hideous what some people will do to both human & non-human animals...

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago

It only shows what politicians/governments really think about our earth. Something to make money out of. True indeed, but as long as they have that attitude the earth will be drained dry for everything at a certain point. What has to go is MONEY!

Diana Bair
Diana Bair4 years ago


Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Don't think I need to say more than "Wow!"

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M4 years ago

Yes - the evils of social media - they don't let a thing slip and if your finger slips on that fancy phone you never know who got what you didn't want anyone else to read.
Have to leave now, so I can go on YouTube to see 'The other side of the story'.

Helen L.
Helen L4 years ago

the comments by the politicians are disheartening and off base.

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

And this is only March. What will the next few months bring, OMG!

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago