Former Top Obama And Clinton Aide Criticized For Tweet Against Russian Cab Driver
Jennifer Palmieri, former director of communications for President Barack Obama’s administration and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, is being criticized for her insensitivity towards foreigners, particularly Russians.
“You guys. I just got into unmarked gypsy cab at sfo airport with a Russian driver. If I disappear- it’s a tan Lincoln continental,” the former President of Center for American Progress, a progressive advocacy group, tweeted Monday.
Of course, many on the social media platform, including influential people like author Glenn Greenwald, took notice.The tweet has since been deleted, seemingly showing that the prominent leader of communications for big name Democrats and Democratic organizations regrets the piece of communication she disseminated to her roughly 104,000 followers, as well as the rest of the Twittersphere.
Palmieri has now deleted the tweet with no explanation or apology, so it here it is below. She seemed to do so in response to this tweet from James Zogby https://t.co/Kv0ZUaxsGU pic.twitter.com/0Z9alBQQ2v
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 26, 2018
This is not funny. It’s deeply offensive & hurtful, esp coming from a Dem. I represent a community of immigrants – many have accents & “foreign” names. They deal w/ suspicion & insults daily. A tip: respect drivers! If you speak w/ them you’ll see they have amazing experiences. https://t.co/0XhDHK8STl
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) February 26, 2018
Substitute “black,” “Muslim,” “Jewish,” or any other collective designation for “Russian” and youl’ll hopefully realize how bigoted this tweet is.
— Paulo L dos Santos (@plbds) February 26, 2018
But as some observers noticed, “the internet is forever.”
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