The Washington Free Beacon reported on September 20, 2013 that a twitter imbroglio broke out when Allan Brauer, the communications chairman of the Sacramento Democratic Party, wished that the children of Amanda Carpenter, a former journalist and senior communications advisor to Sen. Ted Cruz, should die.
Brauer apparently objected to the following tweet from Carpenter, “GOP beat gun control, changed Obama's mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”
Brauer replied, “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”
Then he doubled down with: “Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter's a------. How's your day so far?”
Then, as the firestorm erupted, Brauer added:
“I'm being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz's pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans.”
Finally and inevitably, Brauer was compelled to apologize. “Hi @amandacarpenter I am truly sorry for my tweet. I was very upset and lashed out. Your kids are not fair game either. My apologies.”
A spokesperson for the Sacramento Democratic Party added, “The problem with this kind of rhetoric is that it lets fringe characters—those who are actively trying to shut down the government—like Ted Cruz, off the hook. It’s never acceptable to wish physical harm against political opponents, regardless of how objectionable their policy priorities are.”
It is also unacceptable because it is just vicious and wrong. As of this writing there is no word whether Brauer will be fired or suffer some other sanction for his unacceptable behavior.