A guy tried to troll Patton Oswalt on Twitter, but it was Oswalt who had the last laugh.
It all started Thursday, in response to President Trump’s tweet, “BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!”
The comedian tweeted back with a poem of his own, calling for Trump’s resignation.
That’s when a man named Michael Beatty chimed in and responded to Oswalt in defense of the president. “I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!” Beatty began. “And you shoot basketball ike the sawed off little man you are.”
Oswalt decided to take a look at Beatty’s page to find out who was trolling him. He came across a GoFundMe for the Alabama resident.
“Two weeks in hospital with Sepsis/DKA and coded twice. Long recovery along with massive medical costs. I have a meager retirement check. I'm a Vietnam veteran.
I was in the hospital from 12/12/2018 through 12/26/2018. I was in critical condition w/Sepsis. I coded twice in the ER but came right back,” Beatty’s caption reads in part.
Oswalt suddenly changed his course.
“Aw, man. This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he’s in a LOT of trouble health-wise. I’d be pissed off too. He’s been dealt some s****y cards — let’s deal him some good ones. Click and donate — just like I’m about to,” Oswalt tweeted to his more than four million followers. He also donated $2,000.
Overwhelmed by the act of kindness, Beatty made an about face.
“Patton. You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words. You have caused me to take pause and reflect on how harmful words from my mouth could result in such an outpouring. Thank you for this and I will pass this on to my cousin who needs help. A cascade,” he wrote on Twitter.
As for Beatty’s mention of his cousin, he told the HuffPost that he donated $200 to the GoFundMe while he was short on cash himself — after helping his granddaughter recover from a car accident.
“Between doctors’ bills and attorney’s fees, they have been without money. Yet he gave what little he had to help others,” Beatty said. “I plan on visiting him Feb. 5 and donating $500 in person to help him. Patton started a cascade effect, and I intend to do what I can.”
The page had an initial goal of $5,000. Thanks to Oswalt’s tweet, donations have reached almost 9 times that amount-- $43,800.