MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's death

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This is the last known photo of Williams, taken at a Minnesota Dairy Queen early last month.
:::: UPDATES :::: Fields has deleted most of his offensive tweets, but we've got the screengrabs. Click to page three of this post to see them. We've also included reaction from the gubernatorial candidate Fields was attempting to support, Jeff Johnson, and an apology from Fields himself at the bottom of page two.

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: That tweet quickly elicited criticism from both sides of the aisle, including this one from a former MNGOP communications staffer: And these from Rep. Carly Melin (D-Hibbing): But Fields, instead of deleting his offending tweet and/or apologizing, doubled down.

(For more, click to page two.)



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balance55113
balance55113

I hope Chris Fields slips on a banana peel and lands face first into a pile of dog shit!

StrangerDanger
StrangerDanger

Know your target audience. 

Timing. 

Choosing to exploit the death of a beloved public figure for personal gain/votes = fail.



Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

wait, you guys didn't know? GOP stands for bunch of cunts. on top of that, they're so dumb they don't even know that those aren't the first letters of ANY of those words. it's like being a passenger on the Titanic and watching it sink, but everyone left on the ship still thinks the captain's pretty good, and they'd recommend the cruise to a friend in the future, if they don't drown.

Renee Michelle
Renee Michelle

God please people he was someone son someone's husband and someone's dad instead of all the bs that is being said we should pray for the family and let this be a lesson about suicide even the seemed happy people have this terrible disease called depression it could be your relative neighbor or even your friend wake up people

Angelique McDonald
Angelique McDonald

It's just wrong. Politics is nasty because of the people who do things like this. This is why the American people have no faith in any of us. He makes us all look bad.

Dave Holbert
Dave Holbert

Exactly! Excellent reply Angelique McDonald!

LynnAnnFeda
LynnAnnFeda

Well, Christopher.....everyone knows what you are about now.  Thank you for proving me right.

Karen Alkire
Karen Alkire

Big mistake will haunt you for a long time to come!

Brynn McDonald
Brynn McDonald

If acting your age means using words like "tard" then I'm glad I'm not old like you.

Brynn McDonald
Brynn McDonald

Wow he should be ashamed. He should lose his job.

Lydia Turner
Lydia Turner

C'mon. You could have gotten so creative with your insult and you went for low-hanging fruit. Let's be better.

Lydia Turner
Lydia Turner

It is really just a broken record with you. Unless someone's beliefs perfectly align with your own, their opinions don't matter. If you're just looking at one comment Fields made, you missed the big picture entirely. Your intolerance and disrespect for others knows no bounds.

Lydia Turner
Lydia Turner

Equating a developmental disability with 'stupid' isn't helping your cause. You could have shared your opinion in a non-derogatory way, or have been apart of numerous discussions happening on this thread, but instead you decide to do nothing productive. Grow up.

Kim Kotars
Kim Kotars

@Jeff Gardner....he used someone's innocent tweet for self-promotion. And "libtard" hey, keep using your big words buddy! Idiot.

Kim Kotars
Kim Kotars

Ugh so sick of people saying his comments were "free speech"----he's a public figure....have some decorum and respect you idiot.

j.haack
j.haack

@ChrisFieldsMN thank you for serving your country, I am glad you are a decent father and husband. you are still a mental midget and your politics are flawed at best. I would happily argue any mundane point with you on any day, and win. sad that the people that can set an example for other refuse to. 


dieinafirelulz
dieinafirelulz

"You gripe they don't pay their fair share and then ur somehow adversely affected by their passing?"

Kind of a dick move, but he's spot on with this one.  Naturally, the proletariat want to silence people who call them on their bullshit.

Lauren Carter
Lauren Carter

Disgusting. Robin looks so sad in this picture-

drawoh41
drawoh41

Chris Fields,


You are a particularly nasty individual. I used to be a Republican. No need to associate with the likes of you.

Eric K
Eric K

Wow that dude sucks at trolling.

David Higgins
David Higgins

Chris Fields, if you are reading these then I would like you to know that.... I hope each and every one of those whom you care about commit suicide. Maybe then you will realize how much it impacts others, and why we hate you and want you to suffer.

Lisa Kohner
Lisa Kohner

... and not even accurate. Mork and Mindy wasn't 1980s, dork.

thebalancedpath
thebalancedpath

Chris Fields is the epitome of the kind of "leadership" we are getting from both Republicans and Democrats...it is based in selfish, childish, egotistical, millionaire-blowing stupidity cloaked as serving constituents. They are liars and if they were worth a nickel, they wouldn't have time to troll their shit all over Twitter. This guy is a drone and nothing more. If he thinks he is making a name for himself and/or his Party, he is...the name is Hateful Assholes. You deserve all the crap you're getting and I hope it rains down hard until you actually learn a lesson.


henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

This guy is a leader in the party for a reason: He speaks for the majority of the Republican party's constituency. He said what he said because that's how Republicans roll. They use any means necessary to advance their cause. The cynic in my thinks the only reason his fellow Republicans called him out was because they saw the political disadvantage in supporting his comments.


We see this time and time again. One of these radical right wing (AKA Regular) Republicans speaks their mind and are shocked to find that the rest of the world finds their comments abhorrent. Rather than retract said comments they double down. I'd have a lot more respect for them if they left it there, after all they were speaking honestly, but no, somewhere one of the few left in the party who has some modicum of decency sees the damage that is being done by letting the world see the true soul of the party and that person makes the real Republican apologize for his comments. Like I said, I'd have a lot more respect if they just said: This is how I feel/think/talk/act in private, if you don't like it too bad!

Mary Beseres
Mary Beseres

This is sick. Disgusting. Disrespectful. On so many levels.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

Regardless of what side of the aisle that puke sits on, you're a fucking pig to say something so nasty in the wake of a death.

Kenneth Merriman
Kenneth Merriman

Good to see the GOP isn't tolerant of Chris Field's bullshit. Also good to see that politicizing a great comedians death is something we can all agree is disgusting.

Starquest
Starquest

Offended by these lamos?  VOTE!!

Amber Ann
Amber Ann

Yeah. I read this article and was in no way shocked lol

Lydia Turner
Lydia Turner

Jeff, I'm realizing now that you're just trolling and baiting people, who knows to what ends? It's disrespectful on so many levels to make light of anyone's mental illness and subsequent death. Especially when that mental illness was the cause for their death. It has nothing to do with Robin Williams and everything to do with how we address mental illness. This uncaring, bad-mannered environment that Chris Fields, and you yourself have exhibited create such hostility for people dealing with mental illnesses and perpetuate stigma surrounding them. Again, nothing productive here, nothing progressive, just more hate speech and shameless intolerance.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You're a complete dipshit. Only republicans equate a group of people asking them to pay their fair share of taxes with hatred.

j.haack
j.haack

overly harsh, but I can not argue with natural selection. 


j.haack
j.haack

you can't blame him for something as mundane as not getting his facts straight, he is an entitled for god's sake. shame on you.. phuc. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Well, 1978-1982.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@thebalancedpath This is exactly what I'd expect from a Republican - both sides DON'T do this crap. To be a serious Republican you have to lack basic empathy for your fellow man. 

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@thebalancedpath "Chris Fields is the epitome of the kind of "leadership" we are getting from both Republicans and Democrats.................That is utter BULLSHIT!!! This is another perfect example of false equivalency. that is BULLSHIT. Democrats don't do this. Republicans are hard wired to react this way. 

j.haack
j.haack

@henk.tobias0 this may be the most intelligent thing posted here, nice on. 

but, Chris Fields is an ignorant puppet, to suggest he is anything more than a scapegoat is giving him way too much credit. he had proven this by the drivel that flows from his gob.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

What do you expect, he's a leader in the Republican party.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

The GOP is very tolerant of Chris Field's bullshit.  They pay him.   They hired him after he said many stupid things.   They hired him after he beat his wife.   He is still employed by them.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@j.haack @henk.tobias0 I disagree, calling him a scapegoat relieves him of responsibility. He said what he said. Besides being ignorant isn't a bug when you're talking about Republicans, its a feature. 

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