Representative Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican, appeared to combine multiple half-baked grievances about millennials and "wokeness" into a single tweet when he, referring to fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent invasion of Ukraine had inflamed global nuclear hostilities, appeared to brag about knowing what it was like to live in fear of a nuclear threat.
Higgins, 60, came of age when Cold War tensions were arguably at their height and was 30 years old in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed. But his scorn for millennials, who, he says, have spent their entire lives living under a "woke sky," left many scratching their heads.
Higgins even went so far as to nonsensically complain about non-binary people when he accused millennials of making "quite a non-binary fuss to save the world from intercontinental ballistic tweets."
His tweet left many flabbergasted but perhaps no one as much as the official Twitter account for Dictionary.com, which acknowledged that it could not make heads nor tails of Higgins' tweet even though "we’re literally the dictionary.”
Many found the response, which quickly went viral, hilarious.
Others merely expressed further confoundment over Higgins' tweet
The response to the absurdity of Higgins' tweet is considerably more lighthearted than the response he's received for other social media controversies.
Higgins, who has never confirmed his vaccination status, has been criticized since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States for pushing back against vaccine and mask mandates, once writing that he does not support what public health experts have called common sense safety measures.
Higgins has also advocated for violence against Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrators, and at one point had posts deleted per Facebook's content policy after he suggested that armed demonstrators should be met with force to "eliminate the threat," later asserting that the United States is "being manipulated into a new era of government control."