A Department of Housing and Urban Development official who worked as a vice-president of the Eric Trump Foundation wrote an insulting and demeaning tweet aimed at CNN political analyst April Ryan today in a devastating personal attack.
Lynne Patton posted the tweet on her personal account rather than her official HUD Twitter page, but the political appointee who had worked for the Trump family for seven years didn’t hold back in showing her lack of respect for the acclaimed journalist.
Patton is one of the few African-American political appointees in the Trump administration, and her attacks on one of the senior black White House correspondents drew considerable flack from the Twitterverse.
The pushback on her nerve-striking insult was intense enough that Patton later deleted her tweet and posted this apology for her actions.
I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan. My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better. pic.twitter.com/MOWkRhOLnN
While appropriately remorseful, the suggestion that anyone in the administration would care about Patton attacking a fierce journalist who is a frequent thorn in the side of the administration with her penetrating questions during regular White House press briefings is somewhat questionable.
After all, she serves a President who has no problem describing people, entire countries, for that matter, by unflattering sobriquets. Still the deleted tweet from Patton, proves that the war on the free press that President Trump has been waging throughout his administration shows no sign of abating anytime soon.