Social media is a fickle mistress. She can give and she can take away just as fast.
After gathering national attention with his launch video, Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce is now in trouble for what’s being called a sexist tweet about First Daughter Ivanka Trump. Bryce is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) and has become something of a cause celebre nationally among Hollywood celebrities and liberal activists.
Locally, Randy is well known for his off-the-wall antics and uncontrollable loud mouth comments. It’s “The Local Randy” who came out in spades over the weekend on Twitter. Bryce; who seems obsessed with Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner based on his tweeting, wrote his tweet after reports charges would be pending in the on-going independent investigation being conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) October 29, 2017
The tweet was quickly attacked by Bryce’s Democratic primary opponent Cathy Myers, a Janesville area school teacher.
— Cathy Myers (@CathyMyersWI) October 29, 2017
To the surprise of no one, tit-for-tat soon was picked up by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and reporters internationally thanks to his inclusion of a picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his initial tweet.
Democratic congressional candidate suggests Ivanka will hook up with Trudeau, or something, if her husband gets arrested: https://t.co/1hZa7aFfHS
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 29, 2017
When asked to comment on his tweet, Bryce told the Journal Sentinel’s Bill Glauber the following:
“Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort — the whole lot — have demonstrated to the world what inappropriate conduct looks like: colluding with a hostile foreign power to influence an American election. My neighbors and I are sitting here very anxiously this weekend hoping that justice begins tomorrow.”
Also chiming in on Bryce’s tweet was the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), who issued a statement through spokesman Chris Martin who stated that Bryce is “suffering from a chronic case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.”
Martin also asked why Hollywood would get behind Bryce’s misogyny given recent events in Tinseltown.
With the Harvey Weinstein revelations still in the spotlight, do Bryce’s Hollywood allies like Chelsea Handler stand by his sexist tweet?
For her part, Myers and her campaign have been spending the morning showing tweets of now-former Bryce supporters leaving the iron workers in droves.
Whether or not this forces “The Ironstache” to put down the Twitter; or perhaps lets his campaign handle the tweeting from now on, remains to be seen.