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

Ellison is the latest in a long list of politicians to get themselves in trouble on Twitter.
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:

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

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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