Chip Gaines has scathing response to USA Today writer who criticized his family

Don't mess with Chip Gaines or his family!

The former "Fixer Upper" star had some choice words for USA Today writer Daryl Austin who questioned in an op-ed whether the Gaines' family-first philosophy was realistic given their massive careers. 

"No matter how rich and famous, we are all limited by the same 24 hours in a day. You cannot do all they’ve done (or even a fraction of it) and still have any real time left over for family," Austin wrote. "Frankly, I wonder where they even find the time to brush their teeth, let alone spend quality, one-on-one time with each child daily."

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10 facts you didn't know about 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
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They both attended Baylor University, but the two actually didn't meet in school! 

Jo's father owned tire shop and he saw a picture of her hanging behind the store counter. He convinced himself he was gonna marry Jo even before they had actually met.

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Jo was a communications major at Baylor University and she had dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. 

Before getting her big break on "Fixer Upper," she actually appeared in commercials for her father's tire shop. Chip eventually used the commercial in a pick-up line when they first met ... and the rest is history!

As for Chip, he had other aspirations, like being a baseball player or politician. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Chip stays loyal to his favorite clothing brands. In fact, he's worn the same style of jeans and boots since they got married in 2003 -- Gap 1969 standard-fit jeans and Ariat boots.

His ladylove, on the other hand, prefers Citizen low-rise skinny jeans and Frye boots. 

As you can probably tell from all their renovations on "Fixer Upper," Jo loves to decorate with pretty blooms and greenery. Her favorite flower? Pink antique roses.
Chip and Jo's Pinterest-perfect farmhouse sits on 40 acres of land, which is just big enough for their 60 animals to roam around in.
Jo knew the value of hard work even when she was very young. Her first job? At an all-you-can-eat buffet. To this day, she says still appreciates buffet lines, but her husband has different thoughts on the matter.

The couple's first fixer-upper home? Their very own abode that they started working on soon after their honeymoon. The 1,700-square-foot Victorian home they currently live in is the ninth home they've lived in and renovated together.

The name "Magnolia," which they named all their businesses after (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms) holds a special meaning. When they first started dating, Chip would bring blooms from Magnolia trees to Jo.

The Gaines family doesn't own a television! They go over to a friend's house every week to watch their own "Fixer Upper" episodes or in their hotel room during trips.

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Austin also argued that Chip and Joanna are doing "a disservice to the parents who really are putting their children first," because they make it look so easy to balance both flourishing careers and a family life.

The couple's last season of "Fixer Upper," just ended, but they also have a new restaurant Magnolia Table, a new cookbook called 'Magnolia Table' and several other business endeavors. Wow, even typing all that is exhausting! It's clear that there's a lot on Chip and Jo's plate, but they somehow have it all figured out.

So when Chip happened to stumble upon Austin's column, he immediately gave his two-cents on Twitter -- and he didn't hold back.

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Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' home
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Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' home
Played in the dirt this weekend and spruced up the front porch with a variety of hydrangea plants. Now time for a Sunday nap 💚 #homebody #andplantladytoo
It's time for bed but I was determined to find a perfect spot for this metal verse. #fourthtimesthecharm
One day I will show you what's inside this extra large hutch... #dishjunky #farmhouse
May your day be Merry and Bright! #merrychristmas
Rearranging living room today made the space feel so much bigger. #monstertreeisgone #rearranginganditfeelssogood #farmhouse
This rainy day is making it really hard for me to leave for work. #homebody
I may have gained ten pounds today... #christmasbaking
Formal sitting room turned office. Chk out the details on my site. #makeyourspacesworkforyou
Day 10: allergies aren't fun and they got the best of me tonight. So I did some sit ups and called it a day. Showing up is the hardest part #healthybody #healthymind #youcandoit
Excited to announce that soon and very soon you will be able to get the farmhouse style online and at our storefront boutique! #openingmay2014
A farmhouse for the dolls, fairies, and other lucky miniatures. #farmhouse
The hardest thing about bunk beds is when you have to actually make the bed. I just got simple striped sheets #potterybarn and a nice throw blanket #target for the edge of the bed. This cuts the time in half and it still has a finished casual look
Boys bathroom after a good cleaning. #howdoesitgetsodirty #farmhousestyle magniolia farms vanity built by @ckharp
Upstairs reading nook #ifonlyiwasareader #farmhouse
Are you crafting this summer? #imnotbutwishiwas #createandinspire
The jasmine vines are finally doing their thing and framing out the front of the greenhouse
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"I don’t know Daryl, and he clearly doesn’t know me," Chip wrote. He said that if an issue came up with his family, he would "shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin."

Mic drop.

He ended his message with his and Jo's secret to balancing it all: "Jo & I believe, w/ God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family AND career you love."

For more on the Gaines family, watch the video above!

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