If you were a presidential candidate facing a huge gender gap in the polls, would you: A) Hire as your new spokesman a guy who has made such repeated sexist attacks against women like Rachel Maddow, Callista Gingrich, Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, and Michelle Obama, that he had to scrub 800 tweets from his account, or would you: B) TOTALLY NOT HIRE THAT GUY.
If you chose option B, congratulations! You’re not Mitt Romney:
In the Twitter-fueled 2012 election, it’s not surprising that reporters quickly began digging through Grenell’s Twitter feed, even before he got a chance to scrub out a number of impolitic and sexist comments.
ThinkProgress noted Grenell’s tendency to make cutting remarks about the appearances of prominent women in media and politics, including his tweet advising MSNBC host Rachel Maddow “to take a breath and put on a necklace,” and another suggesting she resembled a Justin Bieber.
In another tweet, Grenell wrote that “Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline [sic] Albright.” He discussed First Lady Michelle Obama working out and “sweating on the East Room carpet.” He also asked whether Callista Gingrich’s “hair snaps on,” and on another occasion, commented how Gingrich’s third wife “stands there like she is wife #1.” Politico flagged more examples and noted Grenell’s “old pastime” of “ridiculing the Gingriches.”
When contacted about Romney’s hiring of Grenell and his removal of online writing, a campaign spokesperson referred The Huffington Post to a response Grenell gave to Politico. “My tweets were written to be tongue-in-cheek and humorous but I can now see how they can also be hurtful,” Grenell said. “I didn’t mean them that way and will remove them from twitter. I apologize for any hurt they caused.”
Sure, Richard. Sure you apologize… now that you got caught.
Oh, and Grenell is openly gay — not that there’s anything wrong with it — but that is not going to play well with social conservatives (like hatemonger Bryan J. Fischer) who already have serious concerns about Romney’s mormoniness.
So there you have it, folks — with this questionable political hire, it seems the Mittastrophe might never end.
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