By Chris Hoenig
A former South Carolina Republican Party chairman’s Twitter account has been suspended after he launched into a sexist attack against a Texas gubernatorial candidate.
Todd Kincannon used his personal account, @Todd_Kincannon, to send several vulgar messages about Wendy Davis, the candidate best known for her 11-hour filibuster that postponed a vote on abortion laws in the Lone Star State. The attack came after questions began to arise about discrepancies in Davis’ bio, including when she divorced her first husband, how long she was a single mother, how long she lived in a trailer park, and who raised her kids while she attended Harvard Law School.
Kincannon’s graphic tweets referenced Monica Lewinsky and repeatedly referred to Davis as a prostitute. Some of his tweets included:
“Wendy Davis has done even more to damage modern feminism than Monica Lewinsky playing Human Humidor with Bill Clinton in the Oval Office.”
“BREAKING: Wendy Davis makes emergency phone call to Bill Clinton: ‘Bill, is your humidor running'”
“LOL! You know there ain’t no such thing. RT @Whatwesettlefor The real prize would be pictures of her raising her kids.”
The rest of Kincannon’s tweets can be found here.
Kincannon’s tirade continued into the weekend, including insensitive tweets directed at an Iraqi War vetturnedantiwar activist.
While the South Carolina GOP has not released any formal statements regarding Kincannon, anonymous members of the state’s party are cautiously distancing themselves from the former Executive Director and trying to downplay his role within the organization.
For his part, Kincannon told the Huffington Post last year that his history of racist, sexist tweets is “just for fun.”
“One of the things I like to do on Twitter is I’ll tweet something inflammatory, kind of borderline-crazy sounding just for fun. And I enjoy watching people go nuts,” Kincannon said. “One of the best things about it is if you say something that’s borderline offensive or if it is offensive, the people that attack you and say just the awfulest [sic] things about you, they do the very thing that they accuse you of.”
Polls late last year had Davis, a Democrat, trailing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott by single digits in the Texas gubernatorial race.