MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's death
|This is the last known photo of Williams, taken at a Minnesota Dairy Queen early last month.|
About six weeks after the last known photo of Robin Williams was snapped at the Dairy Queen in Lindstrom during his visit to the nearby Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, the world-famous comedian reportedly took his own life yesterday in California at the age of 63.
Williams's spokesperson told CNN he'd been battling severe depression lately.
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As you'd imagine given how beloved Williams is throughout the world, news of his death elicited many tweets expressing sadness, while others expressed appreciation for Williams's comedic and dramatic genius. One of the latter type came from DFL digital media director Ellen Anderson.
You wouldn't think that tweet could possibly spark controversy, but MNGOP Deputy Chairman Chris Fields -- a man known for regularly trolling liberals on Twitter -- somehow saw an opportunity to score political points for his party's endorsed gubernatorial candidate on the eve of today's primary election:
My cat's nickname is Nanu Nanu. The world is lucky Robin Williams was able to share his genius with so many.-- Ellen C. Anderson (@ellencanderson) August 11, 2014
And these from Rep. Carly Melin (D-Hibbing):
@chrisfieldsmn Shut. The fuck. Up.-- Kevin Watterson (@kwatt) August 12, 2014
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