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)
This is really beneath you.
— 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)
— 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.↓ Story continues below ↓
— 🇺🇸 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)