When a speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to Twitter to tout her boss’ recent work, a California Democrat Party official blasted back, wishing death and “debilitating diseases” upon her children.
Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter and senior communications adviser to Cruz, tweeted out Friday morning, “GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”
But Allan Brauer, who works as the communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County in California, fired back a shocking reply, “@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”
It wasn’t the first time, however, that Brauer, a longtime activist in the homosexuality movement who co-chaired the University of Chicago’s Lesbian/Gay Student Organization in the 1970s, has used Twitter as an outlet for scathing, personal attacks.
In an lengthy feud with a self-proclaimed tea partier using the Twitter handle @SooperMexican, Brauer has made several crude and even racially charged comments.
For example, he suggested during last year’s election season that SooperMexican “self-deport” and stated, “Are you sure you’re a Mexican? They’re usually smarter.”
The attacks also turned personal and vile: “Your mamma called,” Brauer tweeted at SooperMexican. “She wants her Obama dildo back, but please wash your s— off it first.”
When confronted with the quip as to whether he “kissed his mother” with that foul mouth, he responded, “You eat your mamma’s p—- with that mouth?”
When twitterer SuperChick suggested Brauer had “no clue how to speak to a lady,” he responded: “Let me know when one comes along, c–rag.”
And after catching heat online over his comments toward Carpenter and her children, Brauer initially defended himself with equally personal attacks.
He posted a status update on Twitter about the criticism he’d received, stating, “Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarptenter’s a–hole. How’s your day?”
He further responded, “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.”
After hours of online firestorm, however, Brauer and his California associates began to backtrack.
According to National Review, Tenoch Flores, a spokesman for the California Democrat Party issued a statement to Yahoo! News political reporter Chris Moody condemning Brauer’s personal attacks, even while taking his own shot at Sen. Cruz.
“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,” Flores reportedly said. “It’s never acceptable to wish physical harm against political opponents, regardless of how objectionable their policy priorities are.”
Eventually, even Brauer apologized, tweeting, “I am truly sorry for my tweet. I was very upset and lashed out. Your kids are not fair game either. My apologies.”
Carpenter accepted the apology.