Greg Abbott Thanks 'Retard Barbie' Tweeter For Support, Learns Twitter Is Tricky
State Attorney General Greg Abbott, who threw his hat in the ring for the governor's seat last month, has gone and insulted Wendy Davis on Twitter. Sort of. It turns out, as Abbott learned this weekend, a thank you tweet can also be an endorsement, and thus an insult.
Abbott has drawn the ire of the Democratic Governors Association representative after an exchange with a twitter supporter who called Davis "Retard Barbie," according to Politico.
"@GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in Gov race - run Wendy run! Retard Barbie to learn life lesson," read the tweet sent to Abbott's verified twitter account.
Abbott -- or whoever was handling Abbott's account -- then found himself with a tweet on his hands that was basically a less-than-140-character stink bomb to be diffused, or to go off the second he touched it.
It would have been nice if Abbott had used 140 characters to mention that while Davis is pretty, but that's not a respectful way to speak, or in this case tweet, about a lady (a very Texas move, with manners and everything.) He could have really embraced the whole thing with a retweet and a smiley face or some such business, or he could try to reply in a manner that would simply ignore the whole thing, possibly hoping the exchange would be missed, just one among countless tweets out there on the internets.
Abbott went the polite route with his reply: "Jeff, thanks for your support."
So of course Abbott got slammed by the DGA for his reply, which led to a response from Abbott noting that he thanks all Twitter supporters and encouraging them to stay positive. Amazing how much even the shortest tweet matters when politics are in season.
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