Last night, House Democrats made history as they staged a sit-in meant to pressure Republicans into voting on a stupid, inherently racist gun control bill. And since Speaker Paul Ryan unplugged C-SPAN’s cameras, the world was forced to look on through the fuzzy lens of Periscope and its thousands of hellish, very possibly drunk commenters. It was a masterpiece.
Representative Scott Peters did the majority of Congress’ Periscoping last night; at its peak, Peters had about 70,000 viewers. And on such an historic occasion, these tens of thousands of viewers had a lot on their mind, little of it on topic. Fortunately for us, they were more than happy to share.
Many of last night’s Periscope commenters fall into one of several categories, so we’ve collected a few highlights and organized them below for your convenience.
Enjoy, and god bless America.