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A Guy's Mocking His Son’s "Robotics Tournament" On Twitter Was A Troll Job That Got People Angry

"I’m at a Lego robotics tournament for my oldest and you’ve never seen this many depressed fathers in one place. We’re all thinking, 'Other kids play football,'" conservative commentator Jesse Kelly wrote in a troll that still got a lot of people upset.

Last updated on January 22, 2019, at 1:59 p.m. ET

Posted on January 21, 2019, at 2:12 a.m. ET

Twitter/@JesseKellyDC

Jesse Kelly, a conservative commentator and talk radio host from Houston, set off a mild internet firestorm Sunday night, after sending a series of apparently joke tweets mocking what he said was his son's Lego robotics tournament.

The whole thread is an apparent troll job. Still, a lot of people reacted viscerally to his tweets, saying he was sending the wrong message.

"I'm at a Lego robotics tournament for my oldest and you've never seen this many depressed fathers in one place. We're all thinking, 'Other kids plays football...'"

I’m at a Lego robotics tournament for my oldest and you’ve never seen this many depressed fathers in one place. We’re all thinking, “Other kids play football...”

Lego robotics is an international competition for kids, which involves a real-world scientific challenge introduced by First Lego League. The robotics element of the competition involves programming autonomous robots to complete tasks.

Kelly continued to tweet from the tournament Sunday, apparently mocking the competition and hinting at his boredom and displeasure over having to be there.

"They have a play by play announcer. On my life, I'm not making that up."

He added later, "They just announced the champion and this place is rocking like it's the Super Bowl. I don't belong here."

They qualified for the next tournament.

Kelly's first tweet was quickly ratioed.

@JesseKellyDC Your son is going to be very successful

Don't mock your son on Twitter, right?

are you seriously on twitter mocking your own kid’s achievements? Yikes https://t.co/1iPougRVJr

People tweeted at Kelly that his son probably wouldn't be too happy about his tweet.

@alpinenascar @yashar @JesseKellyDC "Dad, you really don't have to come to my competition today"

Some parents were confused because robotics is goals, right??

Sooooo...meanwhile I’ve been trying to make my son realize how exciting THE SPELLING BEE is! (Also I confess I am jealous that @PreetBharara ‘s son is a Rubik’s Cube champ.) I would be *over the moon* if my son was competing in Lego robotics tournament. 😕 https://t.co/5YlNvAPBek

And a lot of people were like, at least I'm not that guy.

I’m going to print out these tweets and hang it on the wall so that whenever I feel like I’m not a good enough dad to my kids, I’ll see what a real horrible father looks like and take solace that I’ll never be as big an asshole to my kids as @JesseKellyDC. https://t.co/TwUEHtXLpH

Kelly told people they didn't have a sense of humor.

Doctor, what would you prescribe for someone who lacks a sense of humor? https://t.co/1D7fdArIAV

And Kelly began retweeting his haters.

Apparently @JesseKellyDC is retweeting everyone dunking on him over this not because of his obvious brain worms, but because this hacky meathead dad shit is apparently his "comedy." Looking forward to his "take my wife, please!" routine. What a dildo. https://t.co/VFwq62iQPm

"Holy troll job," one woman wrote in reaction to a BuzzFeed tweet about Kelly's thread.

@StedeBonnet_ @BuzzFeed Jesse wins. Lmao I get not thinking it’s funny, but holy troll job. Welcome to his world. 😂

And Kelly got the last laugh after BuzzFeed News posted on the outrage around his comments.

Oh and here's my response, Michelle: "I remain devastated about my son's decision to use his mind instead of doing the American thing and tackling people on the football field. I only pray he can at least be a success at that. Otherwise, he might end up at Buzzfeed." https://t.co/vREBLv14gs

Essentially:

I don't know if that lego robotics thread is a real story or a troll attempt, but god that kid sure has tough days ahead with a dad like Jesse.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Kelly.

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