Dem spokesman criticized for offensive tweets

Raleigh, N.C. — Old tweets emerged this week from the state Democratic Party‘s chief spokesman, and they make jokes at the expense of women and fat people.

Party Communications Director Robert Howard apologized for the tweets, saying he could not excuse them. They were written, he said, when he was “young and dumb” and hoping to be a comedy writer.

Many of those tweets cannot be repeated here. , which reported on them Wednesday, .

Among them:

  • A Tweet asking if it was the “greatest day ever” after actress Reese Witherspoon was hit by a car and leaked photos surfaced of actress Scarlett Johansson.
  • A line about former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin having someone “bang the crazy out of her.”
  • A joke about the TV show “The Biggest Loser” being funny “bc of all the fat ppl.”

The tweets are primarily from 2011 and 2012, when Howard was 22 and 23 years old. The latest, quoting rapper Rick Ross‘ advice to “Always pay your taxes, never pay them hoes,” is from February 2013. Howard went to work for the North Carolina Democratic Party in 2017.

Party leaders have accepted his apology, with Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds telling the Insider that they “do not genuinely reflect who he is today.”

North Carolina Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Michele Nix called that hypocrisy this week. That people change is an argument Republicans have made to excuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh‘s drinking and the vulgar comments in his high school yearbook, as well as other records from his high school and college years.

Many Republicans have rejected the more serious sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Nix said Democrats‘ hypocrisy “is stunning.” She said Republicans get bad press for inappropriate remarks but, “all you need to do is go on Twitter … and you can see the vitriol and the vile remarks that come from the left.”

“No one is innocent in all of this,” she said. “But there has to be a level of respect that is restored back to our political discourse.”