Someone from the Tennessee Tea Party responded to news that Barney Frank was retiring by putting up a tweet that said, “Good riddance you perverted sodomite POS!!” The tweet has since been removed. The leader of the group says that while she agrees with that statement, she has nonetheless “dealt with” the person who did it.
In a post on the group’s Facebook page Monday night, Tami Kilmarx, who identifies herself as the TN Tea Party president, apologized for the tweet, and said it was posted without her knowledge: “While that does not exonerate me, as I am totally and completely responsible for anything produced by one of our staff or moderators, even still I am appalled by the language in the commentary preceding the article.”
She added: “While privately and inwardly I may agree with the commentary, it is completely irresponsible for any one of us to write these kinds of commentaries.”
“The individual who has written this commentary has been duly dealt with and we will attempt now to rebuild confidence that possibly could be lost by this irresponsible behavior. If anything, I have attempted to lead with complete integrity. I apologize for any offense caused by this irresponsibility,” Kilmarx wrote.
It’s a rare double not-pology. Not only does she not apologize for it, only “for any offense” it might have caused, she clearly agrees with it. It just wasn’t polite to say that in public, you see. So she’s sorry that they inadvertently revealed their ignorant bigotry to the world. A national Tea Party leader from Tennessee doesn’t fare any better:
Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, for his part called the tweet “totally uncalled for.”
“Comments like that do not help the conservative movement,” he told The Tennessean.
Really? How about all the incredibly crazy nonsense you spew on a weekly basis?