On July 30, Tomi Lahren was the subject of widespread criticism for a tweet which accused immigrant parents of being “s**tty.”
If you traipse your kid 2,000 miles in dangerous conditions you're not only a criminal, you're a shitty parent.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) July 31, 2019
Among the many people who pushed back against Lahren’s sentiment was Captain America himself: Chris Evans.
Wow. The complete lack of sympathy, respect, and general awareness is astonishing. Also, I would carry my kid through fire if it meant escaping hell. https://t.co/FPt9gJOuEA
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 31, 2019
Many others on Twitter piggybacked on Evans’s post, saying he was right to deliver the smack down.
She's a Christian who's forgotten about Mary and Joseph fleeing from dangerous conditions to Egypt as refugees. And she's forgotten the more than 220 verses that talk about how to treat immigrants and foreigners.
— 🌊 Akiko Lily (@Lily_Warrior) July 31, 2019
Is it too late for people like that to learn empathy? Are they void of it because they didn’t have it nurtured in them as children? Or are they by nature not able to feel empathy for the weak? And the meek!
— Chris Evans Forum 🎬🧢 (@ChrisEvansForum) July 31, 2019
If Captain America is putting you in your place, you must be doing something wrong.
Are we really surprised of what Tomigotchi has to say? She’s a garbage person. Period.
— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) July 31, 2019
She is clueless!
— Mimi (@mjmorrison1259) August 1, 2019
Many people expanded on Evans’s idea that immigrants aren’t leaving their homes and putting themselves in danger for no reason.
"you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land."
– "Home" by Warsan Shire, a British-Somali poet
— lizwoolf (@lizwoolf) July 31, 2019
There is nothing I wouldn’t do to try to help my children. I’m not sure how ppl negate this simply bc they are born somewhere different. They don’t want any less for their children than we want for our own. Not sure when being conservative turned into being heartless
— Tanya ✨🏳️🌈 (@TEE1031) July 31, 2019
What part of my child was a target for murderers did you not understand? For many refugees, the choice is to stay home and face certain death, or take a chance on finding a safe harbor in the land of the free.
— Dorothea Bonneau (@DorotheaBonneau) August 1, 2019
Evans did also get a little bit of heat, however, for the way some thought his metaphor was directly comparing Central American countries to hell.
And here Chris Evans equates brown people countries to "Hell". I thought we weren't allowed to do that?
Also, would you unnecessarily put your kid's life at risk and carry them through fire when there is no actual reason to do it? Like, say, for a job that pays more money?
— Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) July 31, 2019
Did you just call Mexico hell?
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) August 1, 2019
But, for the most part, Twitter continued its years-long love affair with the good Captain.
Chris Evans, the dad America needs.
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) July 31, 2019
All parents out there know the lengths they would go to to help their children.
Perhaps Evans is just the person to remind Lahren of this.
To save their life, I would drag myself across hot coals with them on my back to take them to a safer place.
I hope you don’t have or ever have children!
— MiddleClass&CommonSense Guy (@bk_middleclass) August 1, 2019
And, if nothing else, getting burned by Captain America on Twitter might just help Lahren’s (comparatively) struggling online presence!
See you got OWNED by Chris Evans 😂😂😂
— Podo (@jpoldoski) August 1, 2019
you should thank chris evans for boosting your profile pic.twitter.com/46XiRopzIA
— mysteremry (@jasonemry) August 1, 2019
What does it feel like to be dragged by Chris Evans for being the least empathetic person ever? Also how does it feel to have 274k people agree with him? pic.twitter.com/cgCZbkj9Qm
— Tara Barger (@TaraBarger) August 1, 2019