On August 12, 2017, a woman named Heather Heyer was killed while protesting against armed white nationalists who were marching in Charlottesville, Virginia. The next day, Michael Ian Black posted this tweet. But it might need a bit of an explanation.
Black was referring to something Donald Trump said at a campaign rally on January 23, 2016. Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." It was an odd thing for someone to brag about, especially if they were running for president.
At a rally last year, Trump really did say, "So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of 'em, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise." So he's already had a history with encouraging his supporters to use violence.
While many people agreed with Black's tweet, this person also wondered if it would be understood. Would the point Black's making be apparent? Or is it so harsh that it alienate those who have a different view?
In response, this Twitter user attempted to explain how Trump could be connected to the events in Charlottesville even though he wasn't there. By using inflammatory language that fuel fears certain people have about people of other races or religions, it may have made hate groups feel they could publicly state their views without consequences.
This person accused Black of "fueling extremist ideas." But it would seem that the major "extremist" ideas on display were the white supremacy and antisemitism of the people marching in Charlottesville. That was probably a bit more pressing than Black's tweet.
Instead of attempting to restate his initial tweet, Michael Ian Black did this. He opted not to back down from his original statement, even though it was misconstrued by a few people. Which showed that, even when he's serious, Michael Ian Black can still be funny.