A Republican National Committee message about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared to fail on Sunday after it became the subject of internet mockery.
A Sunday tweet from the official @GOP Twitter account seemed to smear both O’Rourke and Irish people as drunks.
On this St. Paddy's Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O'Rourke. pic.twitter.com/JRjMEXhZRY
— GOP (@GOP) March 17, 2019
“On this St. Paddy’s Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O’Rourke,” the message read. An accompanying graphic featured O’Rourke wearing Irish garb with an added message: “Please drink responsibly.”
Twitter users reacted by pelting the @GOP account with insults.
Read a selection of the responses below.
Do Matt Gaetz next! pic.twitter.com/3ekqn6i8kX
— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) March 17, 2019
— Mark Proteau (@MarkProteau) March 17, 2019
This is really beneath you.
— Shad N. Phrawd (AKA: Herbal Tea Party) (@SenatorChrisSly) March 17, 2019
Now do Trump warning about the dangers of sexual assault
— Alisha🌿 (@SassyEconomist) March 17, 2019
As an Irishman this is deplorable. As an American it is unpatriotic. As a human it is racist.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 17, 2019
— American 1812 (@American1812) March 17, 2019
Classy Irish stereotyping. I’m sure everyone in this country of Irish descent really appreciates this.
Keeping it classy @GOP.
— Completely Blameless (@lauraevf1968) March 17, 2019
— Republicans Also Say (@alsorepublicans) March 17, 2019
Is this account run by frat boys?
— Michael Hollis (@MichaelHollis89) March 17, 2019
Still don’t understand the strategy of posting extremely hot Beto photos
— Alex Doser (@Alex_Doser) March 17, 2019
Are there stereotypes that you guys don’t do?
— Jeff Mac (@JeffMacIsHere) March 17, 2019
I really love the "moral superiority" of the party that elected Donald Trump.
— 🇺🇸 Brad 🏳️🌈 (@shoptb1) March 17, 2019
Please collude responsibly.
— Charles Louis Richter (@richterscale) March 17, 2019
Almost as if this account were run by a 4-year-old.
— Mark Wein (@mwgl) March 17, 2019
This is an offensive stereotype that Irish-Americans like me have had to struggle against for 150 years. Please, please remove this tweet.
— Doug (@dougthinks) March 17, 2019