DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Offers Two-Word Response To Baltimore Bridge Collapse

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Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser offered a two-word response Tuesday morning to the Baltimore bridge collapse.

A section of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed after being struck by a container ship. Bowser took to social media, where she offered her terse reaction to the disaster. Her comment appears to have since been deleted.

“Oh no,” Bowser wrote on X at 5:18 a.m.

The Washington, D.C. mayor’s minimal response drew the ire of social media users, who slammed Bowser for her choice of words.

“The dc mayor saying ‘oh no’ to the bridge collapse in baltimore is INSANE UH,’” one user wrote.

Another user wrote “May I suggest” with an image of a deleted post on X reading “This post has been deleted.”

“This is the funniest reaction a mayor has ever given to a national tragedy,” a third person commented.

Bowser later published another social media post about the Baltimore bridge collapse hours later, offering her condolences

“Our prayers are with our neighbors in Baltimore and all those impacted by the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge,” Bowser wrote on X at 9:07 a.m. “This morning, I reached out to Mayor Scott, and we stand ready to support Baltimore in these difficult days ahead.”

This is not the first time Bowser faced backlash over a gaffe. The Washington, D.C. mayor was criticized after she floundered when attempting to provide details on city’s public transit system at a press event in Dec. 2023, during which she repeatedly proved uncertain of the subway lines that passed through the city’s Gallery Place-Chinatown station.