Liberal journalist Elizabeth Drew is facing a violent backlash over a tweet mocking the shocking murder of British Conservative MP Sir David Amess.
Amess was speaking to voters at a Methodist church on Friday when a man entered and stabbed him multiple times. He was 69 years old.
Drew, a frequent MSNBC guest whose reviews have appeared in The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair, and Project Syndicate, took to Twitter amid the breaking news and mocked Amess’ name.
“A perfect last name for a policeman who was stabbed during a town hall meeting. British lawmaker dies after being stabbed multiple times in meeting with voters, according to police David Amess, ”Drew wrote in the now deleted tweet.
The 85-year-old veteran journalist has been torched by critics for writing such a callous tweet.
“Hopefully this New Yorker veteran has millennials tweeting her, because it’s just awful.” It should withdraw it, reacted Tim Graham, editor-in-chief of NewsBusters.
“Have you always been a bad person or has social media helped you get there?” Washington Examiner commentator Becket Adams asked.
BRITISH CONSERVATIVE SIR DAVID AMESS DEAD AFTER HANDLING AT CONSTITUENTS MEETING
“It’s sick. Shame on you, ”admonished Drew, Mediaite writer Jackson Richman.
“Um, no,” political scientist Ian Bremmer said simply.
“You know when you inevitably say ‘my account has been hacked’, no one will believe you,” comedian Bennett Arron told the columnist.
Hours later, Drew deleted the offensive post, adding, “Apols for a mistake. Tweet deleted. “
Drew, who covered the Watergate scandal that led to the ousting of President Richard Nixon, has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump in recent years. She is a recurring guest on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and has appeared in several other MSNBC programs.
Amess had been an MP since 1983 and a member of his current constituency – Southend West in Essex – since 1997.
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Essex Police released a statement following Amess’ murder, saying: ‘We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is a continuing threat to the general public’ .
Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.