Jim Gaffigan Thanks Fans for Support Following RNC Tweets, Encourages Them to Vote

After going on a recent lengthy Twitter rant about the Republican National Convention (RNC), comedian Jim Gaffigan thanked fans Saturday for their support and encouraged them to vote in November in order to enact real change, rather than just bravery on the internet.

The post showed a message exchange between The Pale Tourist comic and a fan who received hate for commending Gaffigan. In it, he thanked the woman for her support.

"We need to be truthful. Even if it makes others uncomfortable. Thanks for expressing support for me," he wrote in the message.

Gaffigan sent a number of political tweets this week referencing the RNC, often criticizing President Donald Trump. Uncharacteristic of the type of observational and family-friendly humor that he's most well known for, some Trump supporters hit back at the comedian, telling him to "stick to comedy" — an all-too-common response when a comic speaks out on issues that fans may not agree to.

"Remember everything Trump accuses the Democrats of he's guilt of. Dont [sic] let the socialist name calling distract you from the fact he is a fascist who has no belief in law," he wrote in one tweet.

A person responded with the "stick to comedy" response, and said that Gaffigan probably lost a bunch of followers for the comment. Gaffigan responded with: "Hey f*** you karen." Fans reveled in the uncharacteristic tweet, including Conan sidekick Andy Richter, who said he wanted it framed.

In the description for his Instagram post thanking fans for the support, Gaffigan wrote that he stood by everything he tweeted. He also poked fun at his exchange with the critic. "I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has expressed support about my tweets. I know the bots & trolls can be scary but the truth requires direct sunlight. I regret nothing. (Well, maybe I was a little harsh to Karen.)," he wrote.

Gaffigan called on his fans to plan how they will vote, telling them that decency is in peril if the president wins a second term this November. "We need to wake up. Decency is on the ballot. It can and will get worse if Trump is re-elected. The bullying happening on both sides is wrong but Trump won't even try to fix it. Makes sure you make a plan for how you are going to safely vote," he wrote.

Gaffigan gained more support from his peers who commented their support for the comic on his post. Joe List, who recently released his Comedy Central special I Hate Myself, wrote: "I love you." Mark Normand, who put out the special Out to Lunch in May, added: "You're the man Jimbo."

A publicist for Gaffigan did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

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Jim Gaffigan attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. The comic stirred up Trump supporting fans on Twitter this week, but thanked his fans for their support. Getty/George Pimentel