Richard Grenell, a former Bush official, removed hundreds of Tweets and comments from his online profile this weekend after reporters zeroed in on his penchant for snarky comments about women in politics.
“Hillary is starting to look liek (sic) Madeline Albright,” Grenell wrote on his Twitter page, comparing current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the the first female secretary of state, who served under Bill Clinton.
Grenell was tapped Thursday as a foreign policy spokesman for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
His knowledge of foreign affairs became irrelevant as reporters immediately began going through his Twitter comments and flagged some of his less chivalrous jibes.
In a swipe at First Lady Michelle Obama, an exercise buff who has led a national campaign against childhood obesity, he claimed she was “sweating on the East Room carpet” after working out.
Grenell also zeroed in on GOP nominee Newt Gingrich’s wife Callista, wondering whether her “hair snaps on.”
…“I didn’t mean them that way and will remove them from twitter. I apologize for any hurt they caused,” Grenell wrote.
Some 800 tweets were then scrubbed from Grenell’s accounts between Friday and Sunday, noted Huffington Post media reporter Michael Calderone.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who Grenell said was a “dead ringer” for teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber, was not amused by the comments, nor appeased by his apology.
On Friday’s show, she asked if Team Romney showed “any sign that they understand that a long string of really nasty, sexist tweets about Callista Gingrich’s appearance might be alienating to people who might otherwise consider voting for Mr. Romney,” the Huffington Post reported.
The flap over the tweets followed some conservative backlash on his selection since Grenell is openly gay.” —
1) No one is surprised that Romney picked a woman-hating dicksmack to be an official spokesman; 2) No one is surprised that conservatives have a problem with Romney picking a spokesman who is openly gay; 3) Welcome to the Republican Party, y’all.