A top HUD official deleted and apologized for a tweet Wednesday in which she referred to prominent White House correspondent April Ryan as “Miss Piggy.”
In the tweet, Lynne Patton — a Trump-administration appointee who leads a HUD regional office — wrote “I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must have struck a nerve @AprilDRyan! #BankruptBlogger”
Patton subsequently apologized for the remark.
Tonight, I made an inexcusable comment on my personal Twitter account that I deeply regret & deleted on my own volition. I sincerely apologize to @AprilDRyan. I also wish to apologize to my staff at @HUDNY_NJ, @SecretaryCarson & the #Trump family who deserved better leadership. pic.twitter.com/dpQAd2F2rC
— Lynne Patton (HUD) (@LynnePattonHUD) January 25, 2018
I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan. My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better. pic.twitter.com/MOWkRhOLnN
— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 25, 2018
Ryan — the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a political analyst for CNN — responded on Twitter to an apology phone call said to be placed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 25, 2018
[images via screengrab, deleted Tweet screengrab via Justin Baragona]
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