Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before some political figure did something stupid on social media in relation to the tragic suicide of Robin Williams.
Chris Fields is the Deputy Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party. He previously ran for Congress against Democrat Keith Ellison, a race Ellison won with 74% of the vote.
In the aftermath of Williams’ suicide, Ellen Anderson, an employee of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, sent out this tweet:
To which, astoundingly, Fields responded with this (now deleted) tweet:
Yes, that’s right, Fields used the death of Robin Williams to promote the Republican-endorsed candidate for Governor, Jeff Johnson. Somehow, I don’t think this is the kind of campaigning that Johnson is looking for, but more on that later.
Naturally, Twitter blew up attacking Fields, who proceed to respond to his critics. At least one State Representative, Carly Melin, opened up on Fields:
Fields responded to this tweet with more politics:
And then he kept going. Additional tweets included, but are not limited to, the following:
- .@Salencita I’m more concerned abt kids that don’t have a future than abt ur pretend grief for someone u didn’t know @ellencanderson #mndfl
- .@DJDanielson @ellencanderson Yes! Bcuz real ppl who dont have millions are crushed by the policies of guilt ridden celebrity above all libs
- .@JonHoffmannMN Bcuz ppl who place celebrity above all don’t want their world interrupted by the fact that they actually hurt real ppl?
- It’s curious to me why ppl mourn the loss of celebrities but ignore the misery everyday ppl live with as policies crush hope and opportunity
As I said above, Fields has since deleted all of his tweets, but they were captured by multiple media sources.
As usual, it should come as no surprise that Chris Fields seems to regularly invite controversy. As noted by Raw Story, Fields had repeatedly engendered controversy. Examples include:
- When the Chisago County Republican Party made a Facebook post comparing abortion to slavery, and he refused to condemn it (an incident which I previously covered on this blog).
- When he implied that hip hop music was at least partially responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin.
By the way, Jeff Johnson unequestionably condemned Fields’ tweets:
I’d give you the lesson here, but really, no sane person would have a problem figuring it out. Fields’ use of the suicide of a beloved actor to make a political point is beyond reprehensible. Some things shouldn’t be politicized. Can’t this be one of them?
Oh, and when you screw up, as Fields clearly did here, apologize, and don’t dig deeper. This won’t be forgotten.