What is going on with the UT branch of the Texas College Republicans? They seem to be having some issues with the Twitters.
Last month, the group’s then-president Lauren Pierce made what I thought was a stupid, kid mistake by tweeting: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.” It made the young student a national embarrassment.
The quip got Pierce booted from her position as president, and she lost her internship with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. At the time, I defended Pierce, believing that she had learned her lesson and that we should all move on.
Well, turns out Pierce’s successor, Cassandra Wright, didn’t learn a thing. Yesterday she tweeted this gem, spotted by Burnt Orange Report:
My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama
— Cassandra Wright (@cassienwright) December 18, 2011
Apparently, Wright could stand some work on racial stereotyping. We might should have known, anyway, given the way Wright, then the group’s vice president, defended Pierce to Burnt Orange Report: “Insofar as she’s a representative (of the College Republicans), maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she’s made a positive statement in a way. I don’t really see anything wrong with it. It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?” Luminous.
But the worst part? Guess who retweeted Wright’s unseemly tweet? According to the Statesman, none other than her predecessor Lauren Pierce.
Lesson learned? Appears not.
Photo swiped from @cassienwright via Twitter. Update: an earlier version of this article credited the Austin American-Statesman with spotting Wright’s tweet first. In fact, it was Burnt Orange Report.