As Examiner reported Saturday, a Sept. 20 press release from the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) announced that DPSC chair Kerri Asbury “called for and accepted the resignation of its volunteer communications chair” – Allan Brauer – “following of series of personal twitter comments directed at GOP staff after Republicans voted to defund President Obama’s health care law.”
DPSC chair Kerri Asbury said the personal twitter comments made by Communications Committee chair Allan Brauer were “appalling and inexcusable.” She accepted his resignation Friday, and issued the following statement:
The comments by our volunteer communications chair are appalling and inexcusable. No matter what our political disagreements may be, wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate or any other time. Mr. Brauer has apologized for his comments and expressed his remorse.
The “appalling and inexcusable” tweets included one “directed” at Amanda Carpenter, the speech writer and senior advisor to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, reported by Business Insider Friday to be “urging his colleagues to filibuster the House bill” – “that funds the government while de-funding Obamacare” -- as soon as it reaches the Senate.”
GOP beat gun control,” Carpenter tweeted after the vote, “changed Obama's mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!
Brauer’s response to Carpenter:
May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.
“Hi @amandacarpenter,” Brauer tweeted later, just prior to Friday’s DPSC press release announcing his “resignation.”
I am truly sorry for my tweet. I was very upset and lashed out. Your kids are not fair game either. My apologies.
“Thank you,” Carpenter replied graciously. “I appreciate it.”
His profile on the DPSC website has been deleted.
Despite the apology, and the DPSC claim that he "expressed remorse," Brauer didn’t stop.
In the wake of the ensuing backlash, Brauer continued to insult Carpenter and to attack – and block -- anyone who voiced disgust over his comment.
Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter's *sshole. How's your day so far?
I invite you to go *uck yourself with a chainsaw, you Nazi scum.
While Brauer’s death wish for Carpenter’s children -- and his response to those who found it offensive -- can indeed be defined as "appalling and inexcusable,” it was hardly the first time he issued a string of alarming Twitter sentiments.
On Thursday, Brauer engaged in a lengthy and disturbing exchange to encourage cannibalism with those who supported his egregious statement, giving it the hashtag -- #EatTheGOP.”
Among the suggested entrees:
Sean Hannity would look perfect on your Thanksgiving table with an apple in his mouth. #EatTheGOP
Call out the hounds! We're having a Virginia Foxxhunt. #EatTheGOP
For dessert, who doesn't love an Olympia Snoweball? #EatTheGOP
Make your next "tea party" a hit with finger sandwiches made from Ted Cruz's fingers! #EatTheGOP
For a tasty shish kebab, altnerate chunks of John Boehner and Michele Bachmann, separated with vegetable slices. #EatTheGOP
Properly butchered and frozen, Rush Limbaugh could feed a family of four for six months. #EatTheGOP
Brauer also made the point to target the Eric Cantor, who was also attacked by Leslie Stahl of CBS News on 60 Minutes in 2012 for being Jewish but not a Democrat like most other Jewish people.
For those of you who keep Kosher, sorry, but all we have is Eric Cantor. #EatTheGOP
In what was perhaps one of Brauer’s most unsettling exchanges with his fans, he began suggesting – and encouraging – the killing of Republicans.
“There's nothing wrong with the United States that can't be cured by burning the #GOP to the ground and salting their fields,” he tweeted Wednesday.
Save the United States. Kill the #GOP.
On Thursday, Brauer pushed the message to a more dangerous level.
"There's nothing wrong with the Republican Party that can't be cured with a suitcase-sized nuke at the 2016 GOP Convention.”
“Once a statistically significant number of Republicans have keeled over dead, things will start to get better,” a supporter named “driftglass” responded.
“I volunteer to assist in this process any way I can,” Brauer replied.
Every Republican is going to Hell. Why not help some of them get a head start and avoid the traffic?
Brauer’s GOP death wish was picked up by Donny Ferguson -- the aide who runs the “official congressional Twitter feed of Steve Stockman, Conservative Republican representing Texas' 36th District" -- who defined the tirade as “sick.”
“It's official,” Brauer confessed amidst the course of his increasingly vulgar and violent diatribe. “I hate people.”
But Republicans are hardly the only “people” on Brauer’s “hate” list.
“Not only does Mr. Brauer have an apparent issue with women,” Andrew Amedee noted March 11 for Conservative Report, “but below are screenshots of his aversion to Latinos.”
“So,” Amedee surmised after sharing screenshots of Brauer’s debasing Twitter thoughts, “apart from slandering women as transvestites, labeling Latinos as custodians & rapists, and finally dehumanizing another woman, doesn’t Allan seem like a swell guy?”
Considering that Amedee included the note in his report that “Kerri Asbury is listed as “CEO and face of the party” and that “you can contact her here,” the DPSC chair who “called for and accepted” Brauer’s “resignation” could have taken this needed step six months ago and saved herself, the Democratic Party – and Brauer – a boat-load of embarrassment.
Despite Brauer’s “apology,” he is clearly not finished with Carpenter.
“A Few Tweets from Cruz's Speech Writer,” he added with delight Sunday, sharing a link to a negative Talking Points Memo report about Carpenter’s Twitter exchange with David. M. Drucker – a “senior congressional correspondent covering Capitol Hill – and Brian Phillips -- @SenLeeComs -- the "communications director for Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee."
Among Carpenter’s cited commentary – “How do we know” that President Barack Obama and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t back down on their effort to protect Obamacare from the Republican effort to defund and her position that there’s “no need for infighting” because “we all oppose Obamacare, right?” – Talking Points Memo was sure to include the tweet that showed the “speechwriter and senior communications advisor” for Sen. Cruz posted a message with a grammatical error.
We fighting, plain and simple. We intend to do everything we can and not submit to Dear Leader.
Of course, that’s much worse than when -- as Examiner noted of the problems associated with the president's teleprompter addiction June 8 -- Obama’s speechwriter identified the First Lady as “Michael,” and Obama read it from his teleprompter without notice.
While Carpenter accepted Brauer’s apology, others – who are still flocking to his Twitter page – have not.
“Wishing death on children,” zeltser @OlegZeltser tweeted Saturday, “karma is a bitch and she will pay you a visit and if not her then i will.”
“You are truly pathetic,” Chet Cannon @Chet_Cannon tweeted Saturday. “Heard you lost your job over this tweet? Haha.
“I typed mean words on the internet,” Brauer tweeted Sunday. “Many people were outraged by them. I apologized to the person at whom they were directed.”
Considering Brauer’s long history of posting derogatory tweets – and his “official” admission, “I hate people” – the apology is clearly as void of sincerity as his explanation of why he “resigned” is full of deception.
“Because one of many hats I wear is a volunteer position with my local Democratic Party, people associated my words with the party,” he added.
I resigned from that position because the last thing I want to do is harm the Democratic Party.
No. He “resigned” because DPSC chair Asbury demanded that he leave, because his “mean words” did “harm the Democratic Party.”
As Brauer tweeted himself on Thursday:
What part of ‘I'm the chair of the committee’ don't you understand?
I typed mean words,” he reiterated anyway. “I apologized. The other party accepted. I've moved on. Advise all to do the same. Best!”
We all send tweets we regret sometimes, huh?