CNN Contributor Sally Kohn Schools Critic Who Compared Her To Justin Bieber

The liberal commentator turns a Republican internet troll into a fan

Cable news pundit Sally Kohn, who officially joined CNN as a contributor on Wednesday, is used to taking a lot of flak from her conservative critics on Twitter, but she won at least one detractor over with her self-deprecating sense of humor.

Former South Carolina Republican Party official Todd Kincannon was trolling Kohn on Thursday about her haircut. “Nice haircut sir,” Kincannon snarked at the openly lesbian commentator. Another of Kincannon’s followers tweeted a Photoshopped picture of the pundit side-by-side with the pop star. “Requesting permission to steal joke!” Kincannon interjected.

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A popular joke Tumblr juxtaposes photos of Bieber next to lesbians.

Without missing a beat, Kohn responded slyly, “I mean, the pictures side by side even made me do a double take…” With that repartee, Kincannon backed down and declared himself a Sally Kohn devotee. “I am now officially a @sallykohn fan,” Kincannon conceded.