Jon Ossoff, first US Senator of the millennium, knows his Star Wars characters


At 33, Ossoff will be the youngest sitting U.S. senator. He is also Georgia’s first Jewish senator.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the November vote and its aftermath.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, 33, won the second round of elections against Georgian Senator David Perdue on Tuesday night to become the youngest senator elected since Joe Biden, 30, in 1973. He is also the first millennial senator of the United States. history, if we consider the birth of the millennium. years to fall between 1981 and 1996 – Ossoff was born in 1987. That means he grew up when he was a lot more youthful online than in the past, and his history on Twitter reflects that.

Since Ossoff’s victory over the incumbent Republican president, and even before, people have been digging into his history on Twitter. But instead of finding the kind of insults and jokes that marred the musician’s contempt John “Bean Dad” Roderick Recently, Ossoff’s Twitter sleuths found more pop culture-themed tweets. It turns out that Ossoff, a former investigative journalist, is a fan of Star Wars, anime, and the group Imagine Dragons, among others.

In 2012, the then 25-year-old Ossoff wondered what the plot of the upcoming Star Wars trilogy would be. He revealed he’s not just a surface fan citing Grand Imperial Admiral Thrawn, not exactly a character with Luke and Leia name recognition. (Maybe Ossoff was a bit of a Galactic Prophet – Thrawn has since been mentioned in The Mandalorian, and may play a role in Star Wars: Ahsoka.)

“Will this be the Thrawn Trilogy?” Ossoff wondered.

Almost a decade after the tweet, as Ossoff’s fame grew, Star Wars fans took notice.

“This guy is about to be a US Senator,” wrote one. “The guy knows about Grand Admiral Thrawn. Come on GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Another wrote, “A nerd in the Senate !!!”

Also in 2012, Ossoff tweeted to music publication Pitchfork that he was “eagerly awaiting your writing of the new Imagine Dragons album,” which caused one Twitter user to go wild, “Hmmm already having mixed feelings about your appointment to government, sir.

Ossoff compatriot Josie Duffy Rice stressed that the elected senator has a personal connection to the group.

“Lolol while this tweet sheds some context here is that Jon graduated from high school with the Imagine Dragons drummer. Daniel Platzman!” she wrote. “It sounds like a set-up for a joke, but it’s true.”

Pitchfork’s music review editor responded on Wednesday to apologize for never seeing the album in question again.

“Mr. Ossoff, sir, I’m sorry we never wrote the new Imagine Dragons album,” wrote Jeremy D. Larson. “It’s hard to explain, but at this time of the site, we thought he would ‘say more’ about the album when we weren’t reviewing it? Does that make sense? Good luck with everything. “

Other Ossoff tweets revealed that he has a good sense of humor and understands internet slang. He tweeted “n00b 4 lyfe” in 2014, and self-referenced to this tweet recently in response to a tweet from his fellow senator-elect, Reverend Raphael Warnock.

Ossoff in 2014:

Ossoff’s response to Warnock in 2020:

He is also familiar with the game Grand Theft Auto 3, writing in 2014 that a certain song “immediately reminds me of a radio station in GTA3”.

He also appears to be an anime fan, sharing a link to a video of an anime version of Les Miserables.

And even in 2012, he was smart enough to know the internet is forever, writing, “I was going to link to a song by Lil Jon, but I don’t want anyone to ask me why I linked to blasphemy in 15 years. “

Ossoff and Warnock will soon be sworn in as Georgia’s new senators, but the date is still pending and depends on when the state certifies the results of its elections.

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