(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.
I have to say, the GOP retorts were about the weakest I have ever seen. They must be a little depressed right now.
Hehehehehe... okay ya, that was "inappropriate". Really funny, but definitely inappropriate.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
Typical Lib genius on display.
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.
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!!!
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.
Don't we have freedom of speech...freedom of expression anymore?
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.
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?
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,!
It is Very funny! People get over it and get a grip.
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.
Pales in comparison to what Republicans are doing to keep the poor from voting around the country.
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?
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.
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.