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GOP Faces St. Patrick's Day Backlash After Posting Anti-Beto O'Rourke Meme Insulting The Irish

A Republican National Committee message about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke appeared to fail on Sunday after it became the subject of internet mockery.
GOP Faces St. Patrick's Day Backlash After Posting Anti-Beto O'Rourke Meme Insulting The Irish

A Republican National Committee message poking fun of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke appeared to fail on Sunday after it became the subject of internet mockery.

A Sunday tweet from the official @GOP Twitter account seemed to smear both O'Rourke and Irish people as drunks, an odd choice for St. Patrick's Day, where, whom they credit with . Unless, of course, the GOP's intent was to prove that they are bigoted against ALL people.

On this St. Paddy's Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O'Rourke.

— GOP (@GOP)

"On this St. Paddy's Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O'Rourke," the message read. An accompanying graphic featured O'Rourke's 1998 DUI mugshot, with an illustrated leprechaun hat with an added message: "Please drink responsibly."

Twitter users reacted by pelting the @GOP account with insults.

Read a selection of the responses below.

Do Matt Gaetz next!

— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS)

— Mark Proteau (@MarkProteau)

Wow.
This is really beneath you.
P.s.:

— Shad N. Phrawd (AKA: Herbal Tea Party) (@SenatorChrisSly)

Now do Trump warning about the dangers of sexual assault

— Alisha🌿 (@SassyEconomist)

As an Irishman this is deplorable. As an American it is unpatriotic. As a human it is racist.

— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd)

has put the Fear in the Rumors Circulation might be teaming up with Beto

— American 1812 (@American1812)

Classy Irish stereotyping. I’m sure everyone in this country of Irish descent really appreciates this.

Keeping it classy .

— Completely Blameless (@lauraevf1968)

Same

— Republicans Also Say (@alsorepublicans)

Is this account run by frat boys?

— Michael Hollis (@MichaelHollis89)

Still don’t understand the strategy of posting extremely hot Beto photos

— Alex Doser (@Alex_Doser)

Are there stereotypes that you guys don’t do?

— Jeff Mac (@JeffMacIsHere)

I really love the "moral superiority" of the party that elected Donald Trump.


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— 🇺🇸 Brad 🏳️‍🌈 (@shoptb1)

Please collude responsibly.

— Charles Louis Richter (@richterscale)

Almost as if this account were run by a 4-year-old.

— Mark Wein (@mwgl)

This is an offensive stereotype that Irish-Americans like me have had to struggle against for 150 years. Please, please remove this tweet.

— Doug (@dougthinks)

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