Bill Kristol’s arrival Monday on Twitter was greeted with a mixture of vitriol and mockery, but he told TPM that he’s having a blast.
Within moments of joining, the Weekly Standard editor was met with reminders of his long history of errant predictions.
“Wrongest Man in Politics to Now Be Wrongest Man on Twitter,” read the headline on Mediaite.
@BillKristol Look deep into your Kristol balls and tell me how the war on ISIS is gonna pan out
— Greg O’Lantern (@leducviolet) October 13, 2014
Other users immediately told him to turn around and never come back.
.@BillKristol delete your account
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) October 13, 2014
@BillKristol log off
— Ben Jacobs (@benhjacobs) October 13, 2014
.@BillKristol Delete your brand new account, shitbird
— Odd Hack (@Odd_Hack) October 13, 2014
There were tweets that made fun of him for his bellicosity and others that were simply designed to perplex, like those that deliberately confused him with the actor Billy Crystal.
Nevertheless, Kristol, who has fired off four tweets and racked up more than 4,000 followers in the 24 hours since he joined, said he’s having a good time on the new platform.
“I’m enjoying it so far,” he told TPM in an email on Tuesday. “What’s not to like?”
And as for torrent of hostile tweets, Kristol said he hasn’t even read them.
“I’m following interesting and witty tweeters, and ignoring almost all the mentions and replies,” he said.