An official with the Republican Party of Minnesota found himself in hot water Tuesday for using the death of movie star Robin Williams to boost the candidacy of a Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota.
Ellen Anderson, Director of Digital Media and Social Organizing with the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL), tweeted this on Monday night about the death of Robin Williams:
To which Chris Fields, Deputy Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, responded with the following:
But the tweets didn't stop there for Fields, who previously ran for Congress against Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.
Responding to people who took offense at his tweet, he accused some of having "pretend grief."
"The Dr who contracted Ebola while trying to help poor children suffered a tragedy. This ain't that," he added.
The rest of his tweets follow the same line. BuzzFeed reached out to Fields for comment.
Update: Fields deleted all of his tweets and was condemned by one of the Republican candidates for governor in Minnesota.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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