They say timing is everything. And when your timing is bad, Twitter will let you know it.
On Wednesday morning the Minnesota Republican Party was on the receiving end of the 140-character finger wags. Around 6:45 a.m., a disgruntled former employee shot and killed two journalists during a live morning TV broadcast in Virginia. A few hours later, as chilling news reports were flooding in, our homestate GOP took to Twitter to promote some “state fair swag.” Unfortunately, said swag was a pro guns T-shirt.
The tweet was eventually deleted, but not before the haters and hecklers chimed in.
.@mngop delete your account
wanna see how tone deaf the GOP is? https://t.co/3pR7i3oQui— kyle matteson (@solace) August 26, 2015
More scheduled tweets gone bad https://t.co/EpB5lWD5wh— Ryan Stanzel (@rstanzel) August 26, 2015
“Today the country is reeling from the news that a reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television in Virginia," Martin scolded in a statement. "The Minnesota GOP’s response? A tasteless plug for a t-shirt they’ll be selling at the Minnesota State Fair. The tragedy that happened today is an opportunity for thoughtful discussion, not an opportunity to market a t-shirt.”
The Grand Old Party’s press lady was unavailable for comment. She may have been busy looking for a new social media manager.