An Illinois real estate agent and supporter of President Donald Trump let his emotions get the best of him during a Twitter exchange with comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, and now he's unemployed.
Tony Brust was fired from the Jim Maloof Realtors agency in Pekin, Illinois, after he turned a political back-and-forth into a personal attack when he brought up Oswalt's wife, who passed away in her sleep last year at age 46.
The tweet war started when Oswalt tweeted his support for former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Trump after she declined to defend his executive order on immigration. Brust fired back at the well-known Trump detractor: "Oh [expletive], the little troll has an opinion again."
Oswalt and Brust — who deleted his tweets — went back and forth until Brust made it personal, tweeting: "I'm a psychic and I'm channeling his wife's opinions."
That's when the fun and games stopped for Oswalt, as well as others who shared their opinion of Brust's comment. In a Facebook post, Oswalt said he started to also get attacked on Twitter by pro-Trump accounts.
Brust's reaction was to deactivate his Twitter account.
Would've happily ignored Tony Brust if he hadn't sent THIS Tweet. But he did and it caught me at a dark moment: pic.twitter.com/yflAMuSAqo
Agency owner Michael Maloof told the Chicago Tribune that he parted ways with Brust on the same day as the Twitter conversation. He said firing Brust had nothing to do with his political leanings, but rather his thoughtless tweet about Oswalt's late wife.
"We're kind of a conservative, God-loving, family-oriented company down here, and the respect of our fellow man is deep into our culture," Maloof told the Tribune.
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Patton Oswalt and his wife
Patton Oswalt and his wife
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Patton Oswalt and wife attends the 'Young Adult' world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Patton Oswalt and wife Michelle Eileen McNamara attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Patton Oswalt (R) and wife Michelle Eileen McNamara attend the LACMA inaugural Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara attend the 'Young Adult' world premiere after party at the Hudson Terrace on December 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Patton Oswalt (R) and Michelle Eileen McNamara arrive at LACMA's Art And Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari at LACMA on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Patton Oswalt (L) and Michelle Eileen McNamara attend LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)
Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt during The World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's 'Ratatouille' at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calfornia, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Disney Pictures)