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MN GOP blasted over gun tweet following Virginia murders on live TV

The otherwise harmless tweet came soon after the Virginia morning show shooting Wednesday.

The otherwise harmless tweet came soon after the Virginia morning show shooting Wednesday.



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.

— Steve Neuman (@RandBallsStu) August 26, 2015 Naturally, the DFL smelled blood. Not wasting an opportunity to donkey kick their opponents for what would have been a harmless tweet five hours sooner, party chairman Ken Martin hopped aboard the shame train.

“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.