Former President George W. Bush wasn't the only one who stepped in it on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A Florida politician made one of the most braindead and tone-deaf things imaginable.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is also running for governor, posted an ad on Twitter to commemorate 9/11. “We will never forget,” the text read with an image of the Twin Towers against a dark blue background.
Doesn't sound so bad so far, right?
However, many quickly noticed something out of the ordinary: Her campaign logo, which was placed at the bottom of the ad. That's right. Fried was campaigning off of the 9/11 terror attacks.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) September 11, 2021
Twitter users – some of which support her – took her to task for the move, pointing out that it was in bad taste. Here is but a small sampling of the responses:
I’m a supporter. Get your logo off of there. Now.
— Brent Sudeck (@BrentSudeck) September 11, 2021
Fried has been a vocal critic of Gov. Ron DeSantis, especially when it concerns his ban on mask mandates in schools. She recently told reporters:
It is wrong from a moral and legal standpoint for the Governor and Commissioner of Education to continue punishing our local school officials who are doing the right thing to keep their students and staff safe.
But she was not the only politician who made the mistake of using 9/11 to enhance her political brand. Glen Youngkin, a Republican running for governor in Virginia, also did the same.
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 11, 2021
Both of these politicians were roundly criticized for their missteps. In reality, they – or their team – should have known better. What makes this even more egregious is the fact that as of this writing, the tweets are still up on Twitter.
Perhaps these people need to hire new social media managers?