Whoever had the reins of The Washington Post Twitter account on Friday afternoon had some fun dispatching a conservative troll who took issue with a poll about the popularity of Senator Ted Cruz.
@WashingtonPost tweeted a link to the poll, and was met with the type of generic vitriol any blowhard with a smartphone and an inflated perception of his or her own hilarity can conjure up.
@washingtonpost Your days of being the Communist Party's propaganda machine r coming to a screeching halt! Sen Cruz wipes his ass on ur rag!— tim sloan #tgdn (@ihisloan) October 11, 2013
But, instead of abiding by the Second Cardinal Rule of Internetting ("Thou shalt not feed the trolls."), the folks at the post offered a simplest of rebuttals that can and should be more commonplace from publications on Twitter.
@ihisloan That sounds very uncomfortable for the senator.— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 11, 2013
Well played, @WashingtonPost. Troll hand strong.