A top Obama administration official Tuesday accidentally used the n-word on an official White House Twitter account.
“@jmartNYT also a much n——- factor on the right,” Dan Pfeiffer, a senior Obama adviser, Tweeted in response to a New York Times reporter.
Pfeiffer deleted the Tweet shortly after, replacing it with an apology for what he labeled a “horrendous typo.”
Pfeiffer presumably meant to write “bigger factor,” as the letters “b” and “n” are adjacent on the “qwerty” keyboard.
Pfeiffer is one of the administration’s most active Twitter presences, known for conversing with political reporters and taking on opponents with tough rhetoric. He has been on a Twitter tirade against Republicans throughout the debate over the government shutdown, haranguing House Speaker John Boehner over his refusal to hold a vote on a “clean” extension of the budget.
Pfeiffer’s racial-slur typo prompted outrage from a host of Twitter users, and it caught the eye of the Daily Caller, which said that Pfeiffer is being shown a degree of understanding over the typo that would not be afforded to a Republican.
“Dan Pfeiffer is among the many people who get paid, with your tax dollars, to lie for the White House. Twitter is one of the places Pfeiffer tells those lies. But this morning, courtesy of New York Magazine, he used it to show us the truth about himself,” wrote the DC’s Jim Treacher. “I think we all know what happened here: Dan Pfeiffer is a huge racist, and for a brief moment he let the mask slip. Just kidding, of course. It’s not like he’s a Republican! Therefore, we must give him the benefit of the doubt that he meant to type ‘bigger.’ “
New York Magazine took a lighter tone in a piece headlined “And This Is Why You Should Always Double-Check Your Tweets Before Posting.”
What We're Following See More »
Since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, on which Donald Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women, "Senate Republicans have seen their fortunes dip, particularly in states like Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Pennsylvania," where Hillary Clinton now leads. Jennifer Duffy writes that she now expects Democrats to gain five to seven seats—enough to regain control of the chamber.
"Of the Senate seats in the Toss Up column, Trump only leads in Indiana and Missouri where both Republicans are running a few points behind him. ... History shows that races in the Toss Up column never split down the middle; one party tends to win the lion’s share of them."
"Some Republicans are running so far away from their party’s nominee that they are threatening to sue TV stations for running ads that suggest they support Donald Trump. Just two weeks before Election Day, five Republicans―Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican running for an open seat that’s currently occupied by his brother―contend that certain commercials paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee provide false or misleading information by connecting them to the GOP nominee. Trump is so terrible, these Republicans are essentially arguing, that tying them to him amounts to defamation."
Former Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock "recently agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for making an excessive solicitation for a super PAC that was active in his home state of Illinois four years ago." Schock resigned from Congress after a story about his Downton Abbey-themed congressional office raised questions about how he was using taxpayer dollars.
If you need a marker for how confident Hillary Clinton is at this point of the race, here's one: CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports "she's been talking to Republican senators, old allies and new, saying that she is willing to work with them and govern."