We have to hand it to Republican Party of Minnesota deputy chair Chris Fields. He hasn't lost any of the well-developed tact he showed when he suggested that congressional opponent Representative Keith Ellison had a daddy problem. Or, in a separate episode, blamed the death of Trayvon Martin on hip-hop.
His response to a heart-felt tweet about Monday's announcement of the death of actor Robin Williams is in the same sensitive vein.
Update: Fields has deleted his tweets, but fortunately, we took screenshots of the tweets. Here are the pictures, followed by the exchanges:
DFL social media director Ellen C. Anderson tweeted from her personal account:
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
The original tweets:
That set off Minnesota's political twitterverse, with Fields digging himself in deeper as it went:
@ChrisFieldsMN That is awful. You should go for a walk and think about why your tweet was so very wrong.— Jon Hoffmann (@JonHoffmannMN) August 12, 2014
.@JonHoffmannMN Bcuz ppl who place celebrity above all don't want their world interrupted by the fact that they actually hurt real ppl?— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 12, 2014
Finally, former Republican house communications staffer Kevin Watterson weighed in:
@chrisfieldsmn Shut. The fuck. Up.— Kevin Watterson (@kwatt) August 12, 2014
.@kwatt done playing nice with shallow ppl. Real ppl are hurt every day by them. Let's be more concerned abt real ppl, and watch ur mouth.— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 12, 2014
.@chrisfieldsmn You are an officer of the state party and making an ass of all of us. Don't tell me to watch my mouth.— Kevin Watterson (@kwatt) August 12, 2014
.@kwatt and ur f-bomb makes us look like? I should buy in to faux shock and outrage. Y not then buy it even more if what their selling.— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 12, 2014
Well then. Anderson, who had triggered Fields' taunts, added another personal note before moving on:
I didn't want to make this about me so I didn't talk about how this hits close to home after losing my dad to alcoholism and depression.— Ellen C. Anderson (@ellencanderson) August 12, 2014
Photo: Chris Fields, via Gregory Pratt's revealing 2012 City Pages article, Chris Fields says Keith Ellison isn't doing enough for black people.
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