Dem's tweet spikes the ball on health care, draws ire
June 28th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
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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. James PDX

    I have to say, the GOP retorts were about the weakest I have ever seen. They must be a little depressed right now.

    June 28, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Smeagel4T

    Hehehehehe... okay ya, that was "inappropriate". Really funny, but definitely inappropriate.

    June 28, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Robert

    Militias? We can't get enough voters to the polls much less march. Those that do vote are always voting for the lesser of two evils and electing evil.

    The best we can do is prepare for higher debt, taxes, more QE and/or more printing $$, and inflation.

    I'm thinking Going Galt.

    June 28, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. king

    these right winged militia wingnuts who makes up the heart of the repubs party nicknamed the teabaggers, are coming out of the woodwork now. they are mad as hell that obama and the solved a problem, and their mission is to destroy it and blame obama, just like theyve been doing for the past 4 years, look at mitten begging the repubs governor to say that things are awful, so that he can get elected. anything the repubs criticise it is good, because if its bad, they would love to see it to win the election, where are the jobs bill to rebuild america' infrastucture. because the repuvs delay, the chinese are paying their workers minimum wages and using the saving to build their country in the most powerful in the world. using the american corporations to do it.

    June 28, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. manhandler1

    Great comment...Just like Joe Bidens."this is a BFD" comment when Obama signed it into law. The teapublicans, with their up tight posterior openings would have never been able to come up with someting so right on.Besides, unless you've been in a coma lately, it's a real common saying right now.

    June 28, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. DagnyTag

    "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." – B.O.

    June 28, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "WHAT!?!?!

    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."

    Be careful what you ask for WHAT!?!?!. You just might get it!

    June 28, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Time to get over the tantrums; work together, which is what they get paid for; and come up with some ideas on how to fix the deficit. The Affordable Health Act is a good thing.

    June 28, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. racegirl1

    I think the teabag republicans will need all the healthcare after today. I bet blood pressure, panic attacks and all kinds of phobias are on the rise and ready to burst. Please use this new health care and have a good day. Hahahaha

    June 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. Patrick Lewis

    Sorry, it's what I was thinking. On the other hand, I'm not a political operative, nor do I represent anyone so that's easy for me to say.

    I expect the GOP to cry about this, but really, compared to all of the utter hate speak and lies they have said about this law and the president in general, it's pretty tame.

    June 28, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. lib

    It's called FREEDOM OF SPEECH as the republicans have so often said when calling the president racist names and making disrespectful comments like the news reporter. Funny how the repubs don't like it when somebody else dishes it our. If it's too hot in th e kiitchen get out

    June 28, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. LeftyLosers, Illinois

    Typical Lib genius on display.

    June 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. mypitts2

    The tweet was very unprofessional and exposes (again) this is a game for some people. And II am one who supports the Court's decision.

    June 28, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Ken in MO

    After all the garbage they spew about President Obama. They should try telling people the truth for a change. Govt funded healthcare is NOT govt run healthcare. Stop the lies!!!

    June 28, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Are you kidding me?

    It is a huge deal. I am a republican and I am elated it passed. It shows me that all the obstructionism and mistruths were rooted in hyperpartisanship. The GOP had their opportunities to come up with their plan or work in a bipartisan manner. Any blame falls squarely on the GOP.

    June 28, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Max

    Don't we have freedom of speech...freedom of expression anymore?

    June 28, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Just a thought

    Easy thar padnah....don't go talking about 2nd amendment remedies here. Remember the south lost that battle last time. Like it or not, we are ALL Americans. If you can't win the argument with strength of your position, sit down, be quiet and wait until you develop a better argument. Forget the idea of taking up arms against fellow americans. You won't get everyone that disagrees with you before they get you.

    June 28, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. joshua

    to be expected from small minded liberals who want to preach about partisanship and stopping with the mean spiritied rhetoric and then acting like juveniles. Typical hypocrisy. And not a word of protest from the main stream media. But then again, who would hear it?

    June 28, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Sf

    Republicans are such crybabies..if a republocan said this and a dem condemned it, they'd be shrugging it off and saying how dems are too sensitive and then start pointing fingers! I agree with this tweet! Look at the witch hunt they had on eric holder...guess they had to lynch any black man..as long as he was black,!

    June 28, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Darrell

    It is Very funny! People get over it and get a grip.

    June 28, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. James

    Kids are saying worse things everyday in the playground. Why don't you parents start there and make a difference in teaching your kids civility.

    June 28, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. luke,az

    Pales in comparison to what Republicans are doing to keep the poor from voting around the country.

    June 28, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. mommytwice

    it's just a common expression used often now. Do we really need to get all worked up over this too? Good Lord, what won't they come unhinged about?

    June 28, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. J. Orman

    It is sad that if a Republican tweeted that remark, Gloria Steinem and feminists across the country would be up in arms... Yet... nothing here? John Roberts held to his convictions today on the role of the Supreme Court and that the Supreme Court should not make policy. Unfortunately the people of the United States deserve the crap they vote into office. Too bad liberals don't also hold to the same convictions regardless of who is speaking. It is an inappropriate and deeming comment, no matter who utters it.

    June 28, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. CBR

    Is this any worse than the rude remarks made by the Republicans about the President and Mrs. Obama. They started during the election and these remarks continually got more and more offensive. Unfortunately, this has been going on for quite some time. The rumors and remarks about various Democrats have not only been offensive but untrue.

    Both sides should know better and it will be interesting to see who makes the first move to be more positive and less highly negative.

    June 28, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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