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

    I'm glad with the SCOTUS ruling, and I am a Democrat. But, dude, seriously, that tweet was WAY over the line. WAY over the line.

    June 28, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. CRAIG

    The health care bill will grow into something wonderful for all Americans & the Republicans can't stand that. The 'Grand' in GOP is now actually 'Gross'

    June 29, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Ethan Joshua Lewis

    I suppose this is what is considered valuable and well reasoned political rhetoric in the Twitter age. I'm not sure what is more disappointing: the health care decision itself or the fact that high level political pundits have sunk to the level of rappers when it comes to self expression.

    June 29, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  4. Squigman

    Lets see, Binky the wonder chimp, had a pilot land his stupid presence on a carrier to spout that there was an end to hostilities in Iraq. The republicans cheered like they had set the first conservative on the moon. Then the real war got under way. Also the American people had to wait on Newtie (the nut), to come along and suggest that colonization of the moon could be done if only he were elected. Do any of you self afflicted idiots ever listen to what you say? If so you must know you're nuttier than a squirrel turd.

    June 29, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. Chris Bourne

    Bwahahaha, great Tweet!!! Two thumbs up!!!!! Hard to believe the repugs whined about it! haha

    June 29, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. Jim

    I love it. This is perhaps the best thing ever tweeted. Also, anyone talking militia and uprising crap should be auto banned from the forums. This isn't a place to let psychopaths voice their opinions.

    June 29, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. joy ll

    she should be fired for that comment!!!

    June 29, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  8. iamduder

    I humors me to see so many Americans take up the cause of the multi-millionaire, when they themselves have little hope to be one themselves. Your country is run by giant corporations and private interest. They care not about "creating jobs" or "liberty" for the masses, only PROFIT. This isn't about "Socialism" or "Capitalism", "Republican" or "Democrat." America was founded on the idea that Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was to be the right of EVERY American citizen, not just those who could afford it. Health is a RIGHT, and if you disagree, I challenge you to go to the cancer ward of your local hospital, look into the face of a parent who's child is dying and tell them "Sorry, your child must die because your insurance denied you coverage."

    June 29, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Norm

    Come on Republicans....grow a set.
    You can't win them all...even though you have been for the last three years.
    Throwing a temper tantrum just didn't do it this time.

    June 29, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. Norm

    Can weget tee shirts made?
    I'd love to wear one of those to work.

    June 29, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. LeviTattoo

    hahaha! "it's MY America! and if it doesn't go the way I want it to go, then IT'S WRONG! and how dare anyone question that!" <– That's all I hear from these close minded, fear mongering, intolerant sheep. The real problem is that both sides work for the same masters, and they play their game of division so well. Burn the parties to ash and start over. this system is broken.

    June 29, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Fact

    Obama Cares.

    June 29, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  13. BK

    Oh you poor babies. Did he say a naughty word?
    For crying out loud, deal with it.

    June 29, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  14. dreucalypt

    A pretty large outcry over a pretty small foul.

    June 29, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Morgan Hill

    The Supreme Court has spoken and we are forever so grateful for their most wise decision. The American people can now feel a sense of relief about having some kind of health care protection. The fact that we have car insurance helps us feel a sense of security when we drive our cars, the fact that we have home insurance helps us feel a sense of security, doctors feel a sense of security with their malpractice insurance, having health insurance provides us with that sense of security. It's a feeling of security that ALL AMERICANS need to feel.

    June 29, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  16. republican rebel

    this was unnecessary and plain insulting. no matter what party you are in,this is wrong. i personally respected the justice's decision to keep the court out of policy making. however, this is exactly the immature behavior our leaders should not partake of.

    June 29, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. 66Biker

    Give Republicons any excuse to cry like a bunch of babies and guess what happens? They don't disappoint... They cry like a bunch of babies!

    June 29, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  18. Trey

    HAHAHA!! I'm a Republican and I think it's hilarious. I hate Obamacare. Still cracked up when I saw this. Lighten up people. If I would do the same thing on my side had the law been struck down. Complain about it all you want, doesn't change the ruling.

    June 29, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  19. Mary Nelson



    June 29, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  20. .

    Remember the 2010 mid term?

    November will be deja vu all over again.


    June 29, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  21. Keith A. Sillsbury

    That's just great..LOL. don't apologize. The repubs deserve all that gets put in their face. their ready to spend 800 Billion a year fighting wars. 400 Billion in foreign aid. Trillions in tax deductions for the Rich but not 170 Billion in health

    June 29, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  22. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    They don't like that tweet but they were perfectly all right with Sarah Palin having targeting sights on her website?

    June 29, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  23. Mike

    To be fair, the h-no caucus has pretty much perfected the art of being both whiny and absurdly self-assured at the same time. Is there really a better definition of the word?

    June 29, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  24. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I think the tweet actually came from Mitt Romney who has had to villify himself for hhis health care law in Mass.

    June 29, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  25. JakeF

    *This* is what is being focused on? Faux outrage is becoming so last year.

    June 29, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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