Republican congressman Steve King pranked into thanking fictional US marine on July 4

The pranked Iowa Representative praised Colonel Nathan Jessup, a character from Aaron Sorkin's 'A Few Good Men'

Steve King has caused uproar with his comments
Steve King has caused uproar with his comments

Iowa congressman Steve King was pranked by a reporter into wishing a fictional US marine a happy Independence Day.

Ken Klippenstein, a reporter for liberal outlet The Young Turks, sent out a tweet responding to one of Mr King’s, saying: “Sir, can I get a retweet for my uncle Col Nathan Jessup, he’s in the marines and is spending the 4th overseas keeping our nation safe.”

Mr Klippenstein then attached a photo depicting Jack Nicholson playing the character of Colonel Nathan Jessup in the 1992 film A Few Good Men, an adaptation of the Aaron Sorkin play.

Mr King, a Republican, responded, retweeting the image and writing: “Colonel Jessup and all your Marines: God bless you all. You have our back and millions of us have yours!”

He continued: “God bless America and all her warriors defending our Liberty!”

The message was signed “SK”, which means the tweet came directly from Mr King himself and not a staffer or intern.

The prank was well-received on social media, with Molly Jong-Fast tweeting “So it’s possible that Ken Klippenstein won the internet tonight”, and 2020 candidate and left-wing icon Mike Gravel commenting: “My lord”.

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Mr King deleted his tweet soon after, but the screenshots are still making their rounds on social media.

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