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. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    I can't tweet it any better than that, you GOP twits!!!!

    June 28, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. people are so dumb it hurts

    if you dont understand healthcare reform and agree with it, yikes. ignorance runs far too rampant in such a nice country.

    June 28, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Joe, I haven't heard ANYONE stating "free healthcare" except you. You really should see someone about those voices in your head. You've lost the ability to differentiate between them and reality.

    June 28, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Larry L

    How about the "Birthers"? Who talked about "death squads"? Remember the racist signs during the Tea Party rallies? Did you hear Ted "Mr. Crappy-Pants" Nugent's little threatening rant? How about Michelle Bachman's mindless comments about "socialism" and a "Obama dictatorship"? How about calling 91 Congressional Democrats "communists"? Republicans are offended because the US Supreme Court ruled against their right-wing agenda for a change? Who gives a crap?

    June 28, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Patrick's tweet is distasteful but not harmful to everyone as is what has been the Republican's self-serving actions. The Republican / Tea Party individuals, like Bachmann, Romney and others are now trying to use the supreme court’s decision for political purposes, like they did all along with the Health Care Reform Act, and sway people to see the decision as being a negative and to then vote Republican in order to repeal the act. NOWHERE do they demonstrate any real concern for the people, just aggressively for their political ambitions. Had they been honest, responsible and had a conscience for the people, as they should now, right from the start they would have worked at offering bipartisanship, cooperation and compromise to fine tune health care reform – instead, as they are once again, they put their political tactics, their political ambitions and their loyalty to Special Interests above all else – no matter what the costs to the people. Absolutely ridiculous and disgusting.

    June 28, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Seriously!

    So nice to see so much class coming from the left. If a conservative said some of those things the liberals would be up in arms. Apparently, the vile, hate-speech is only allowed to come from the left.

    June 28, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. judy

    Ha Ha Ha tweet on Forward 2012

    June 28, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Obamaggedon - Elections have Consequences

    Sniffit
    "America has been very Republican – friendly since 2010. "
    Is that why all polls show congressional Republicans with a lower approval rating than congressional Dems?
    =====================================================================================
    And yet Democrats are skipping their own convention because they are behind in the polls... yes, keep looking at those irrelevant ratings. Did you also hear? The Democrats were going to retain control of the House in 2010 too??!!! How'd that work out for ya? And now the American people have a reason to send a message to Obama about who the final arbiter of Obamacare REALLY is. It is the American voter that Obama answers to.

    June 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Hey rethugs: You mad? Yeah, you're mad. :-)

    June 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    While I agree it was an inappropriate tweet, it's pretty darn rich to hear this "outrage" from the party that lied us into a war with Iraq, who has tolerated all the nonsense from the birthers, whose spokesman is a drug-addled, foul-mouthed, fatso liar (I'll let you guess which GOPer I'm referring to), who had a member shout "You lie!" to President Obama during a State of the Union speech, who tolerated a "reporter" interrupting President Obama during an official statement and who now supports the ludicrous idea that somehow AG Holder has been conspiring to take away 2nd Amendment rights by selling guns to Mexico.

    June 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. rob

    @ Rudy
    "Don't forget the deficits Bush had is last two years: FY2008 = $1 trillion : FY2009 = $1.45 trillion."

    The FY 2009 included the Dems Stimulus of almost 800 BILLION which was another failure of this administration. And, since the Dems included the increase in spending of stimulus from 2009 in the last budget introduced or passed by Congress for 2010 we are stuck in TRILLION deficits as far as the eye can see.

    Stop foolong yourselves, President Obama is the biggest spender ever.

    June 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    Bottom line: The Tax is law and we must abide by it. Now, we just wait and see what happens with employers and wait for the IRS to make accessible all instructions to follow and forms.

    June 28, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @Seriously!: "So nice to see so much class coming from the left. If a conservative said some of those things the liberals would be up in arms. Apparently, the vile, hate-speech is only allowed to come from the left."

    Pffffttt! You HAVE said much worse, but turn a blind eye and deaf ear because you think you're justified in doing it because you can't handle having not only a black President, but a man who can actually think and uses his abilities for the betterment of ALL Americans and not just the top 1%.

    June 28, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    Repubs. have got "God Awful" thin skin when they're they're ones being rubbed wrong.

    June 28, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Joseph

    This from the outraged Left who cant believe a reporter would dare interrupt their King? Hypocrisy and rudeness together.

    June 28, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Jo Jo

    When republicans do not take offense to something said or done by democrats, then I will be socked. Otherwise, this is not news. They can dish it out but can't take it when it is give to them. How many insulting things have been said about democrats (especially the president) by GOP party leaders? Too many to keep track! Like the saying goes, people in glass houses should not throw stones.

    June 28, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Core republican Values

    Always the cheap hypocrites, the republicans took no issue when Dick "Darth Sidious" Cheney dropped the "F" bomb on US Senator Patrick Leahy a couple of years ago.

    June 28, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Jo Jo

    When republicans do not take offense to something said or done by democrats, then I will be shocked. Otherwise, this is not news. They can dish it out but can't take it when it is give to them. How many insulting things have been said about democrats (especially the president) by GOP party leaders? Too many to keep track! Like the saying goes, people in glass houses should not throw stones.

    June 28, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. MaryM

    Myviewis, the TAX is only for people that chose NOT to have health ins. All American will now have the opportunity to have health insurance with worrying about pre existing conditions and Much, Much more.

    June 28, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Romney is not My Hero

    The best Tweet ever created. Please keep them coming.

    June 28, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. David in Houston

    Sour grapes much?

    June 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. ktr

    women in california
    Why do you libs resort to emotion-based attacks once again? Obama's ratings with the independents is very low. If it were so good, why pull the amnesty stunt to try to buy more hispanic votes? Why don't you also bold type your responses besides capitalizing them to attempt to show more emotion??? Haha. Typical of the lib to do that. I really doubt that you are an independent. Come clean. Admit that you are the typical lib! By the way, why is your state in california so broke again? You are from the state of free stuff. Stay there with your lib ideas and leave the rest of the country to find prosperity. By the way, prosperity is not found in an obama welfare check! I hope you realize that one day.

    June 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @rob: "The FY 2009 included the Dems Stimulus of almost 800 BILLION which was another failure of this administration. And, since the Dems included the increase in spending of stimulus from 2009 in the last budget introduced or passed by Congress for 2010 we are stuck in TRILLION deficits as far as the eye can see. Stop foolong yourselves, President Obama is the biggest spender ever."

    You obviously get your info from Fox, which lies. I feel sorry for you that you're such a sucker.

    If you want the FACTS, look to the Congressional Budget Office which, unlike you and your ilk, deals with reality:

    Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.

    And if you think the Stimulus was a failure, I suggest you talk to all the people who retained or gained employment because of it. Only those states with Repub governors who refused the money suffered.

    Finally, when it comes to money, I'd rather my taxes go towards investing in MY country and not into the pockets of the top 1% who've been using their tax cuts for the last 10 years to invest overseas where the labor is cheap and environmental regs don't exist.

    June 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Seriously!

    So nice to see so much class coming from the left. If a conservative said some of those things the liberals would be up in arms. Apparently, the vile, hate-speech is only allowed to come from the left.
    ************************************
    Ask Justice Roberts what he thinks on that subject.

    June 28, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Patriot1742

    Oh WOW democrats being classless – I am so surprised – kind of like what Obama said "I Won" – well November is coming and there going to be some spaling going on after that.

    June 28, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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