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A New Zealand Diplomat Told Democrats To "Get Your Shit Together Or We Are All Going To Die"

She has now deleted the tweets.

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A New Zealand diplomatic staffer working in the US has deleted tweets urging Democrats to "get your shit together".

Caroline Beresford is New Zealand’s deputy head of mission to the US, based in Washington, DC.

This week she tweeted in response to an article on website The Hill by a former Democratic aide suggesting 2016 Democrat presidential nominee, senator Bernie Sanders, could team up with Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren. This joint ticket, she said, could "win big" in 2020.

"No it couldn't," Beresford said in a now-deleted tweet, first reported by Newsroom. "Please get your shit together or we are all going to die."

She then followed it up with another reply saying Democrats had "learned nothing".

Beresford confirmed the tweets to Newsroom, but said she deleted them soon after she realised they were inappropriate.

But some people have said that Beresford was on the money.

@CBeresfordNZ good on ya! Someone had to say it.

Caroline Beresford should be getting a raise, a promotion and a trophy for these 100% accurate tweets. @CBeresfordNZ @NewsroomNZ @thehill @TheDemocrats @DNC https://t.co/Bv7mG8qw83 https://t.co/3i1Qk7QtmW

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Top marks to @cberesfordnz for giving the Democratic Party some frank advice. https://t.co/e5KQINGYUo

@CBeresfordNZ I know there are rules, and I’d be upset if it were one of my own staff, but as you’re not, thank you for saying what many of us are thinking! If a diplomat’s job is to represent her country’s position on the world stage, you have done that!

@CBeresfordNZ you said what we were all thinking! 🙏

A spokesperson for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that "appropriate action" was being taken.

"The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not in any way endorse the content or tone of the tweets posted, and now deleted, and it is taking appropriate action."


Josh Taylor is a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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