Photo: Trouble on Twitter: Obama Aide Called ‘Insulting’ for Quoting Chimichanga Line from WashPo Article
We get it, during election season even the smallest things can and are turned into platforms for attack. The latest “little thing” to catch the eyes of Republicans on the prowl was a recent Tweet sent out by President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina.
After reading an opinion piece from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, Messina quoted a line from the article via Twitter.
The tweet heard ‘round the world?
Line of the day from WAPO’s Dana Milbank: “The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos.”
Earlier in the piece Messina quoted, Milbank had written, “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke about the wonders of his state. ‘The lettuce in your salad this month almost certainly came from Arizona,’ McCain said. ‘It’s also believed that the chimichanga has its origin in Arizona.”
Shortly after Messina’s tweet Wednesday, Republicans like Jennifer Sevilla Korn, executive director of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network attacked Messina for apparently resorting to “name calling.”
In a statement to CNN, Seville Korn wrote, ‘The fact that the campaign manager of President Obama’s reelection campaign thinks it’s appropriate to disseminate insulting jokes about the Hispanic community is a perfect example of the kind of empty rhetoric that characterizes this White House’s so-called outreach to Latinos.’
She goes on demand that Messina apologize for his “ridiculous statement” and that President Obama “disavow” the statement.
Within hours, Republicans all across Twitter and other social media networks were calling Messina insensitive, insulting, condescending and various other buzzwords.
Not backing down, Messina took to Twitter again, saying, “Tweeting someone else’s words caused a stir, but the GOP is on the wrong side of every Hispanic voter priority: http://t.co/k3TtVGiO”
The link included in his tweet is to a memo with the subject line reading, “Republicans Seal Their Fate with Hispanic Voters in 2012”.