Keith Ellison retweets message calling Mitt Romney "douchebag," claims it was accident

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Ellison is the latest in a long list of politicians to get themselves in trouble on Twitter.
Keith Ellison finds himself in hot water with conservatives after retweeting an offensive message from his official Twitter account.

Wednesday, Ellison took to Twitter to ask his followers who uttered the following quote: "... even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work." The answer to the trivia question? None other than presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

In response to the question, a Texan named Tammy Talpas offered up the following answer: "A heartless douchebag who doesn't like animals or small children. At least that's what I've heard."

Ellison retweeted Talpas' tweet, meaning all the Congressman's followers could see it. It stayed promoted for hours, until Ellison deleted the tweets containing both the Romney question and Talpas' "D-bag" reply yesterday.

Conservative blog The Washington Free Beacon notes the irony of Ellison, a man who has a history of calling for civility in politics, resorting to using someone else's incendiary language to take a shot at Romney.

Here's an image of the tweet, stamped with Ellison's endorsement:
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Ellison, somewhat unconvincingly, claims through a spokesperson that the retweet was accidental. Yesterday, the Beacon quoted Ellison's communication director, Jennifer Gore, as saying, "As with all Twitter accounts a retweet is not an endorsement. The congressman removed the tweet because it appeared to endorse use of a nasty term, which is not what we wanted."

That quote doesn't directly say the retweet was unintentional, but today Gore is being more straightforward in making that claim.

"Keith inadvertently retweeted something where some language was used regarding Mr. Romney, and that was not his intention," she told the Strib.

"That's not language he tends to use. It's not something he intended to do, so he took it down."

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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

On the day that John Edwards goes on trial (finally) the democraps are calling names to divert attention. Or is it that 8.2% unemployment, 17 Million fewer workers than when Obama - Ellison took office, or the trillion dollar a year deficit, or the GSA scandal or the Secret Service Scandal or the gun running scandal, or    

Like Obama, Ellison is a Muslim. No education for woman. No driving for woman. Barefoot and in the kitchen with the three other wifes. Sharia Law over the constitution. Lie to everyone and say your christian, it is ok according to Sharia Law. Muslim Law will not replace our constitution. All the democrat woman better get a burka and read up on Sharia law. Eh Ellison?

Beefbarfbiff
Beefbarfbiff

Typical of Democrats to speak thier minds and cowardly retract it when asked to explain. What, do you think you might lose votes? (Well you might now with voter ID law) Don't worry Mohammed Ellison, the "douche bags" would never vote for you any way, the assholes always will.

FF
FF

I'm with Ellison on this one, good for him.

demlova
demlova

Yeah, but Romney IS a douchebag. What's the problem? No one is jumping and the drivel spewing from Nugent or Bachmann, or West who said that there Communists in Congress masked as Democrats. I'm not really getting the outrage other than it's typical Republican behavior. They can dish it out but they can't take it.

Premierokac
Premierokac

Talk about no education. The word you are looking for is women, not woman. And putting religion over the Constitution? A conservative would nevwr do that. *cough* anti-gay marriage, anti-educating our youth over Darwin.

green23
green23

 Unlike how Romney went to the mat to stick up for Nugent's recent remarks, right? Or how Bachmann plays the victim when anyone points out her crazy remarks, and goes into contortions over how she was misinterpreted?

Republicans have spent three election cycles screaming that Ellison is a Muslim, and not figuring out that nobody cares about it except them. But this time, for sure, right?

Brian
Brian

Obviously, you don't realize that the voter ID law has to be approved by the voters and then survive the inevitable lawsuit. What you also don't seem to realize is that forcing anyone to purchase an ID to vote is equivalent to a poll tax and is therefore in violation of the 24th Amendment. Good luck with your ALEC contrived bill either way. 

Starquest
Starquest

Why would he lose votes due to the voter ID law?  I thought that wasn't going to disenfranchise anyone.  Did you admit something you shouldn't have?

E K
E K

Ted Nugent was a top story on national news.  Ellison's tweeting incident is covered on this blog.  What are you talking about?

green23
green23

 Not only that, but the enabling legislation for the Amendment has to pass the Legislature and be approved by the Governor. It's unlikely that the Republicans will continue to control both Chambers after the next election.

This Amendment could very well turn out to be toothless, and the enabling legislation itself could be tied up in the courts for a decade. I wouldn't be betting on the Dayton Administration to strenuously defend it, either.

Just a detail: it's not the cost of the ID that is likely to be the deal-breaker, but the cost of the birth certificate required to obtain the ID. Out-of-State birth certificates can cost over $50, and in some cases can require an attorney if the name has changed. That's a significant barrier to voting.

The MNGOP is in for a shock when it finds out that 2010 is over. Ironically, the Amendment will take away their biggest delusional excuse for losing.

Restatelew
Restatelew

EK,

Since your clearly a tunnel vision republican, I'll spell this out for you.D-Bag Nugent made a threat against the president, which happens to be illegal. So no wonder it was on the news. The right wing nuts have called Obama much more than a D-bag since 2008.

So since your without the mental wherewithal to deteremine false equivalencies, I'm telling you what Ellison did was NOT illegal. What Nugent did was illegal!

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