After four years spent stiff-arming, juking, and spinning his way through Big Ten defenses, and two years of doing it nearly as effortlessly (albeit in limited action) at a professional level, Justin Jackson has spent two days doing the same to political opponents on Twitter. And Northwestern’s all-time leading rusher’s actions are causing a bit of an uproar.
The former seventh-round pick and current LA Charger has never been shy about sharing his left-wing politics on Twitter during his professional career. Now, though, his tweets have captured the attention of a larger audience. Jackson has picked up nearly 25,000 followers in the last two days, with many pledging to become Chargers fans and/or buy his jerseys thanks to his outspoken political stances.
This week’s barrage began Monday afternoon, with Jackson calling out Neera Tanden, former Hillary Clinton aide (during Clinton’s 2008 campaign) and current president of the Center for American Progress:
Wikileaks exposed you for wanting to take Libyan oil as “payback” for overthrowing their government. Libya is now a failed state and terrorist hotbed. You’re a warmonger. Voters rejected your ideology in 2016. So you know who likes you Neera? Trump. You helped him get elected. https://t.co/aeb7lYfuy5— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 5, 2020
Receipt . Also note who is fighting back against this. @fshakir- Bernie’s campaign manager pic.twitter.com/ieg49FfoSj— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 5, 2020
The Ballcarrier continued, alluding to Tanden shoving then-journalist and current Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir during the Clinton campaign of 2008, an incident that Tanden later admitted to:
Maybe she’ll attack me like she did Faiz but I may be a little bigger than him— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 6, 2020
Before praising a quick video compilation of his recent tweets:
Just. Perfect. also great handle https://t.co/Smadjnc0cn— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 6, 2020
That ended things for the night. But the next morning, Jackson was ready for more Twitter action, this time going after Jason Johnson, a Morgan State journalism professor, MSNBC contributor, and politics editor for The Root for what he saw as a callous dismissal of struggling groups in service of a dig at Bernie Sanders:
You managed to slight people who are dying from lack of healthcare, students who are crippled with student debt, people all over who are negatively being affected by climate change (see Australia), & homeless people all in one tweet. You’re really earning that @MSNBC check— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 6, 2020
When fans continued to praise his Twitter efforts, JJTBC, who has not made any sort of official endorsement in the upcoming presidential election on the social media platform, made clear that he’d rather their money go to what he saw as a worthy cause (the election of Sanders or any “progressive candidate”) than to sales of his jersey.
Donate to Bernie— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 7, 2020
Not yet man for now just donate to progressive candidates at all levels!— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 7, 2020
After a quick break to help promote friend and former teammate/backup Warren Long’s upcoming music, Jackson relayed that Tanden, who still had not interacted with him, decided to end things with the block button.
January 6, 2020
But the running back still wasn’t done. Quote-tweeting presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Jackson called him a moderate Republican and thanking him for “showing us your true beliefs.”
You’re a moderate republican. Thank you for not waiting til after winning a nomination or taking power to show us your true beliefs @PeteButtigieg https://t.co/6sRpk51PyC— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 6, 2020
With prominent progressive tweeters continuing to praise his outspokenness, Jackson interacted with Chicago Tribune writer Teddy Greenstein, who promised to block Tanden preemptively, before throwing one final shot, this one aimed for pollster/pundit Nate Silver.
The best thing to do to Nate Silver is keep letting him talk. He’s a self parody— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) January 7, 2020
All in all, it was quite the two-day span for the former econ major and decorated student.