When attempting to both congratulate a new Washington Post reporter on her assignment to the White House beat and troll President Donald Trump, a Florida Republican somehow managed to do neither.
“Congrats on the new gig!” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) tweeted at reporter Seung Min Kim, who just moved from Politico to the Post. “How long till Trump calls u the pretty Asian lady and asks u to give him briefings?”
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) January 25, 2018
Upon seeing the strange post, Twitter predictably freaked out.
“Stunning tweet from a Republican member of Congress,” foreign affairs journalist Aaron Magid wrote.
Stunning Tweet from a Republican member of Congress https://t.co/a59jxIqSax
— Aaron Magid (@AaronMagid) January 25, 2018
“Undermining someone’s special moment by turning them into a punchline pawn because of their race… is also racist,” Digg’s Ben Goggin noted.
Check out the best responses below:
Thaaaaats enough coffee for her today. https://t.co/Q4cfFn4zbC
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) January 25, 2018
Tweet from the most senior Republican woman in the House https://t.co/pjQ9BUpeob
— Catherine Valentine (@CNNValentine) January 25, 2018
Talk about senioritis https://t.co/zZ2C04XQ4c
— Kate Scanlon (@kgscanlon) January 25, 2018
👀 Someone has not only tossed out the kool-aid but burned down the kool-aid factory. Sheeeeeesh. https://t.co/5leJS8AiRM
— Lisa Grant (@studiocafebleu) January 25, 2018
GOP member of Congress redefines congrats twitter: https://t.co/PZOYvg4SxL
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) January 25, 2018
— Katherine Gypson (@kgyp) January 25, 2018
A lot more politicians should tweet like they're retiring. https://t.co/2RGZ6HxqyA
— Joshua Karp (@JoshuaKarp) January 25, 2018
— David Solimini (@CommsDirector) January 25, 2018
Nothing but respect for my Congresswoman. https://t.co/4xU1Za8pNM
— Alex Meyer (@AJMeyer) January 25, 2018