After a comedian from Jimmy Kimmel’s show interrupted Roy Moore during his campaign speech on Wednesday night, Moore and Kimmel exchanged jabs over Twitter. According to local news reports, Tony Barbieri attended Moore’s rally, interrupting the Senate hopeful and yelling, “That’s a man’s man. Does that look like the face of a molester?”
Barbieri regularly assumes the persona of a fictional character named Jake Byrd, who makes regular appearances on Kimmel’s show.
During Moore’s speech at the Magnolia Baptist Church in Theodore, Alabama, according to a report by Fox News, Barbieri shouted, “I’m his biggest supporter. I’m his number one fan,” while he was being dragged away by local law enforcement officers.
Early on Thursday, Kimmel sent out a tweet that announced, “Jake Byrd heckles Roy Moore: Jimmy Kimmel comedian crashes Alabama church rally,” followed by a link to a news story.
Moore didn’t take kindly to the interruption by Barbieri, and called out Kimmel in a tweet, which read: “@jimmykimmel If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man.”
Kimmel fired back, replying, “Sounds great Roy – let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!”
In the afternoon, another exchange took place. Moore wrote, “Despite D.C. and Hollywood Elites’ bigotry towards southerners, Jimmy, we’ll save you a seat on the front pew.”
Kimmel replied, “OK Roy, but I’m leaving my daughters at home! P.S. – wear that cute little leather vest.”
During his speech on Thursday, Moore made the news for appearing to blame the LBGT community and socialists for the allegations of sexual assault levied against him.
“They’re liberals,” said Moore of the people he says are to blame for ruining his campaign. “They don’t want conservative values.”
“They are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture,” Moore continued. “They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God.”
Moore has been battling allegations that, during his 30s, he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers, and that, when he was 32, he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Moore has denied any wrongdoing.