Former Breitbart staffer and Republican congressional spokesman Kurt Bardella ignited a Twitter feud with Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman.
The online spat was ignited after Bardella blasted the Republican Party on Wednesday:
amazing how #GOP is the party that wants to shoot and kill #PeopleOfColor, incarcerate an entire generation of #Minorities on a failed and #Racist #WarOnDrugs but can’t wait to cut a deal for a rich, white, #Rapist in #JeffreyEpstein
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) July 10, 2019
Pence’s spokesperson Alyssa Farah was quick to call Bardella’s tweet “wildly irresponsible” and accused him of making the allegations for publicity reasons. She then claimed he never really understood the GOP when he was a Republican anyway.
This is a wildly irresponsible tweet – but he’ll still get booked on TV to lie & misrepresent the views of a Party he never understood, but used to shill for. And calm down with the hashtags.. https://t.co/azP8lVIsds
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) July 10, 2019
Bardella’s citations are historically accurate. Trump laughed and applauded at a rally in Panama City Beach where a supporter shouted out that they should shoot migrants coming over the border. Black men are incarcerated at a significantly higher rate than their white counterparts for the same crimes. Criminal justice reform that aimed to fix that disparity is one of the things Trump himself has bragged about.
Ultimately, it was one of Trump’s own cabinet officials that allowed accused rapist, child molester Jeffrey Epstein off with a “sweetheart” deal.
“Wildly #irresponsible is the #racist garbage your boss’ boss tweets out every day,” Bardella retorted. “Irresponsible is subjecting human beings to torturous conditions because they are brown. Irresponsible is allowing white cops to murder black Americans. You’re right – I don’t understand #racists.”
Wildly #irresponsible is the #racist garbage your boss’ boss tweets out every day. Irresponsible is subjecting human beings to torturous conditions because they are brown. Irresponsible is allowing white cops to murder black Americans. You’re right – I don’t understand #racists https://t.co/sgBsyfoJHf
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) July 14, 2019
(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly claimed that Kurt Bardella was responding to President Donald Trump’s tweets.)