On Wednesday, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter revealed he has advanced cancer. That prompted an outpouring of support by many -- and a nasty tweet by Fox News.
"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week," Carter wrote in a statement posted to his foundation website.
A wide range of political and media personalities chimed in to wish Carter well.
Spoke with President Jimmy Carter tonight. A great man, always upbeat and optimistic. We're praying for him.— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP Biden (Archived))1439427418.0
But Fox News generated an angry backlash with a tweet attacking the 90 year old the day the announcement of his illness was made.
.@CharlesHurt: “Our country has not been as aimless & lost as it is today since, I think, Jimmy Carter…It’s probably even worse today.”— Fox News (@Fox News)1439433187.0
@FoxNews @CharlesHurt A new low. Even for Fox. There is no bottom for this joke of a network.— Ragan Fox (@Ragan Fox)1439434082.0
@FoxNews @CharlesHurt Leave it to Fox "News" to throw a punch at President Carter on the day it's revealed he has cancer. #Low #Disgusting— #VoteOssoffAndWarnockJanuary5th - Sue (@#VoteOssoffAndWarnockJanuary5th - Sue)1439465561.0
Conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel also had some ugly words about the news.
Schlussel even attempted to start the hashtag #ACancerHasCancer.
It is not trending.