(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.
it's constitutional. Bitches.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) June 28, 2012
it's constitutional. Bitches.
Thirty minutes later, the DNC official, who once served as the White House political director under President Barack Obama, offered a semi-clarification.
I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) June 28, 2012
I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans.
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.
.@Dwstweets do you condone frm White House political director and DNC Exec Director @patrickgaspard comments today?— Reince Priebus (@Reince) June 28, 2012
.@Dwstweets do you condone frm White House political director and DNC Exec Director @patrickgaspard comments today?
The RNC's press secretary, Kirsten Kukowski, also responded to the tweet, calling it "inappropriate."
Beyond being inappropriate, it's disappointing Team Obama is excited about a law that raises taxes & hurts job creators cc @patrickgaspard— Kirsten Kukowski (@kakukowski) June 28, 2012
Beyond being inappropriate, it's disappointing Team Obama is excited about a law that raises taxes & hurts job creators cc @patrickgaspard
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.
Do you hear that America? This is what Democrats think about your liberty. #FullRepeal RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.— (@NRCC) June 28, 2012
Do you hear that America? This is what Democrats think about your liberty. #FullRepeal RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.
Others, however, were slightly more amused by Gaspard's remark. Here's a smattering:
I have to say, it may get him in trouble, but I still love @patrickgaspard's first Tweet. It's what Joe Biden would like to say.— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) June 28, 2012
I have to say, it may get him in trouble, but I still love @patrickgaspard's first Tweet. It's what Joe Biden would like to say.
BEST TWEET EVER. RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.— Deepa Kunapuli (@deepa_k) June 28, 2012
BEST TWEET EVER. RT @patrickgaspard: it's constitutional. Bitches.
High-fivin' @patrickgaspard at the DNC. #healthcare— Nick K (@NDKDC) June 28, 2012
High-fivin' @patrickgaspard at the DNC. #healthcare
The DNC did not have an official comment.
If the decision had gone the other way the rightwing cacophony would be winding up for a chorus of Impeach Him – the extended version. Since it didn't go their way, their only recourse is a good old-fashioned temper tantrum. They're way past time for a time out. Let's give it to them in November!
That was kind of dumb of him. Unfortunately it gave the neanderthals (a.k.a. the likes of Ktr, Wiredweird, etc) something else to hyperventilate about. Good thing they can get treatment now.
So much false bravado and fake outrage from the party of pubescent bullies in all these rightist’s comments. Afraid of your own shadow.
Can both sides please knock it off with this faux outrage crap!
and cry like girlie-men . . .
Hurts to have your face laughed in, don't it. Time to treat all repubs for the way they deserve to be treated. Whats the old saying, "If he were on fire I wouldn't walk across the street to.........." HA HA HA. Really going to hurt when he gets a SECOND term.
So we will be more divided than ever. Just makes us all ready to evict Chancellor Obama in November.
I like how we have people calling for militias to rise up against the government because people have the audacity to disagree with their morally bankrupt ideology and take the first step towards providing healthcare to everyone. Disgusting.
In other news, a new Fox News poll shows that Obama leads Romney by 5 points.
I'd rather focus on the blatant lies the Republicans are making about "Fast and Furious." It's a remade version of swiftboating with outright lies and distortions against President Obama and Attorney General Holder. Sorry Mitt, it won't work this time.
Love the Tweet!
Now, now, all you cons and baggers, he is just exercising his "freedom of speech" remember?
P.S. Let's all start having that conversation right here on line. Please join in.
@Joe, Joe, Joe,
what happened to you? Are u believing the FEAR LIES of the Repubs? Take a chill pill! LOL.
The Republikkklans were wrong in Arizona and they were wrong again here with health care. Remember Boehner?? (don't spike the ball!!)
Perhaps Republikkklans are just simply wrong for this millenium in America!
If we get lucky, maybe the repuglicans will finish pouting, stamp their collective feet and take their toys and go home.
Hey may get fired. But, man! What a way to go out!
I'll bet the GOP didn't see this coming. Justice Roberts did the U.S. proud today by ruling on the law and ignoring the GOP's desire to stick it to President Obama. Bravo
Crude and unnecessary. I am happy with the ruling, but repeatedly irritated by the lack of civility in discourse in our country. This only keeps 'the nasty' back and forth going, and eroding any respect for the opinions of others.
Get over it!!!!
Yeah, and the GOP is really in a position to whine and complain about this, right?
"It's time for us to march. Militias were instated for the time when the government has become overbearing and drunk with power. Let this be a call to action."
And yet comments like this are allowed? Patriotic, even?
Republicans are such hypocrites, yesterday Mitt Romney was openly mocking the President, bragging about how health care was going to be overturned. He was insulting and petty, I heard no complaints about that, man up Republicans, this victim thing you've got going is pretty pathetic.
Here's another phrase I often hear from conservatives: Get over it.
Patrick Gaspard should resign.