Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire
June 28th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire

(CNN) – Some Republicans took issue with an off-color tweet by the Democratic National Committee's executive director on Thursday, immediately following the Supreme Court's announced decision to uphold the federal health care law.

"It's constitutional. Bitches," Patrick Gaspard wrote on Twitter.


Thirty minutes later, the DNC official, who once served as the White House political director under President Barack Obama, offered a semi-clarification.

However, that didn't stop a snowballing uproar to play out on Twitter. As of Thursday mid-afternoon, the message had been re-tweeted more than 1,650 times, with both positive and negative reactions.

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called on his counterpart, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to condemn the remarks.

The RNC's press secretary, Kirsten Kukowski, also responded to the tweet, calling it "inappropriate."

Earlier, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the body in charge of getting Republicans elected to the House, quickly re-tweeted Gaspard's original tweet, coupled with its own message.

Others, however, were slightly more amused by Gaspard's remark. Here's a smattering:

The DNC did not have an official comment.


Filed under: DNC • Health care • Supreme Court
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    For all of you who are so freaked out by ACA, were you this upset when the FCC switched to a digital television format, forcing Americans to go out an buy new TVs? Funny, I don't seem to recall any spoutrage then. Of course, that was during the last administration when we were ordered to fall in lockstep behind the dauphin prince or be declared unAmerican, for the terrorists, agin' the troops, etc, etc. ad nauseum.

    June 29, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Patriot BOB

    Heres a GUT CHECK for you CNN, Mitt Romney WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Man, I just know that kills you LIBERIALS and I am Laughing at the higher level of intelligence!!!!!!

    June 29, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    hey myview, WHAT!?!?! at 5:33 pm on June is a prime example of what Dominican Mama was referring to.

    June 29, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. jim

    classy for a Dem. trash heading up the Dem National Committee, noting surprising there

    June 29, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans did not get their Christmas present from the supreme court, so now they want to out law it. Do the baggers even know that Romneycare in MA funds abortions and less than 1% have to pay the tax (I mean fines) for not having insurance.

    June 29, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Rob

    I'll use my profanity laced celebration on libs in November.

    June 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. JR in Texas

    The party of Rush Limbaugh is now complaining about a Democrat's poor choice of words...........how hypocritical.

    June 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michele "The World is Ending" Bachmann is up by only 5 points in her district. Minnesotans have a tremendous opportunity to send her back to Switzerland.

    June 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Laura

    If lowering taxes helps the 'job creators' then where are the jobs? They're the ones who need the individual mandate.

    'We're not saying you HAVE to create jobs, but if you don't, your taxes go up." The IRS can just add a line to their tax forms. If they claim they are a job creator the line will say "Enter the number of jobs you created this year". If that number is lower than X, then the next line will say "If you created less than X number of jobs, multiply your tax rate by Y, this is the tax you owe for not fulfilling your obligations and you are no longer eligible for any tax breaks."

    It's really quite simple.

    June 29, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Investment Advisor

    @ Bob...Put your thinking cap on Bob.....Driving an automobile is a "choice" If you choose not to drive and ride the bus instead guess what?.......you don' t pay for insurance! But, if you choose to drive, guess what again?....you must have insurance....what a hard concept to grasp. And it all comes down to freedom of choice ... which is an endangered species under this administration.

    June 29, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Laura

    What he should have said was "neener, neener, neener".

    More faux outrage from the right. 'Let's spend all day being offended by this so we don't actually have to get any work done. After all, we're on vacation at 3 pm'.

    June 29, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    Who knew that the one and only good thing to ever come from the horrendous Bush Administration would be Chief Justice John Roberts? Now all three of my children, who work hard every day, will finally be able to see a doctor if they get sick or injured …just like a rich person or even a congress person. And about that “Greatest Tax on the Middle Class in History” thing you Republicans are now spouting, some of us understand that would only affect about two percent of the American population and only those who don’t already have health insurance or those who refuse to buy health insurance. Some of us are not as gullible as others and they would be called “Democrats” with a Capital D.

    June 29, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. jpmichigan

    Once again the Obama administration has MISLED the American people, knowing all the time that their so called fine for not carrying health care, was a TAX, that eventually everyone will pay so that those can who don't work and are supported by government ,can have now FREE health care. The Obama administration is covering up their actions in fast and furious, which caused innocent people their lives, and now socialized medicine is coming forth by way of taxation. The only way to stop Obama and his administration is to use the power of the voting booth and vote him and his circle of friends off the Hill.

    June 29, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Josh from Charlotte

    It's about d@mn time someone in politics said what they really think. It's so refreshing. Nothing calculated, just honesty.

    June 29, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    You teapublicans gamble with the Supreme court and you lose. Get over it or better yet, go drink Kool-Aid!

    June 29, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. PaMom

    Such classless behavior! Washington is so out of control and devisive. Obama has misled his followers, they think the man is a God, he is trampling on the Consitution and yet, people believe in him. The poorest of the poor will not be helped by his health care plan, Medicare will take a cut, states will need to raise taxes to cover the medicaid or make other service cuts and there is no way to implement the fine should you not buy insurance. Real progress????

    June 29, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Name

    Everything has to bé denounce for political reasons, its just a phrase that a lot of is have used in excitemen over seeing something right triumph

    June 29, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Reefer Power

    Democrats are patting themselves on the back claiming spending is at the "lowest rate" even though $5 trillion was added to the debt – the fast rate of debt growth ever in American history.

    You don't need to be a rocket science to do subtraction. Let's make it simple, take out all the zeros. Debt Jan 2009 ~ $10 trillion, debt now ~ $15 trillion.

    Obama himself said it's "unpatriotic" to add $5 trillion to the debt.

    June 29, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Chipster

    I'm weary of all the whining about ACA being a threat to our liberty. Since when did I get the "liberty" to pay a small fortune for treating uninsured people who can afford health insurance but prefer to stick taxpayers with the bill? !!! Since when did I get the "liberty" to pay insurance companies higher and higher premiums, only to be thrown off the insurance if I get a serious illness? The Republican health care plan is to funnel more of our treasury directly to insurance and pharmaceutical companies while we get fewer and fewer options. ACA isn't perfect but it's a big improvement for taxpayers, children, college students, and pretty much anyone who need health care services. Thank you, President Obama, Democratic leaders, and the Supreme Court!

    June 29, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. JohnnyKay

    Typical Republican response: act childishly decrying behavior so infinitesmally trite, to hide the damage they've done to thousands of American families through needless, senseless and immature posturing to win elecions and line their own pockets.

    Charlatans and Sadducees.

    Who needs them?

    June 29, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Steve- Illinois

    It amazes me that people with this poor of judgement ever managed to get into the positions they are in!

    June 29, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Barbara Warren

    KTR, your ignorance is showing: "Who else has spent 5 trillion?" Bush's budgets totalled 24 trillion.

    June 29, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. flyfysher

    Speak the truth and it shall set you free. Gaspard has been liberated (on both accounts).

    June 29, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. julie

    people people please stop the nonsense.........rarher you like or NOT this is the LAW and though you may not like it there are millions and millions of american people that NEED this insurance....everyone on here with nasty comments obvioulsy have health ins.

    STOP thinking of yourselves and think of the folks that need insurance

    YOU should be think of the economy and jobs MOVE on this is a DONE DEAL get over it
    Obama 2012 the only way forward

    June 29, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. mike

    Poor Babies..Health Care has been sliced, diced, blued, tattooed and gone over a million times YOU LOST Republicans .Now get over it and move on. How about doing something

    June 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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