The blood was barely dry at the mass murder site in a Charleston, S.C., church before a former Obama administration official used news of the killings Wednesday as an opportunity to score partisan political points against Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.
Brandon Friedman, the former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, tried to tie Haley’s defense of South Carolina’s Confederate flag – displayed outside the statehouse – to the slaughter at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 18, 2015
While a frantic manhunt was underway – and long before the suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, was arrested in Shelby, N.C. Thursday – Friedman seemed all too willing to embrace the advice of another former Obama official, Rahm Emanuel:
“Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Friedman’s rush to politicize the death of nine people was not well received on Twitter. Users condemned the callous attempt at partisanship in droves, with only a few scattered posts defending his comments.
@BFriedmanDC it wouldn’t be every day life if there wasn’t a liberal somewhere trying to capitalize on a tragedy…
— Pepe Silvia (@PSUBoomboxGuy) June 18, 2015
— TangoFoxtrot (@TFinn82) June 18, 2015
— USshrugged (@USshrugged) June 18, 2015
— Troy Ellison (@blayne_troy) June 18, 2015
.@BFriedmanDC Couldn’t you at LEAST express condolences before exploiting 9 deaths for political gain?
— Hired Mind (@thehiredmind) June 18, 2015
— J.D. Elliott (@jde4zion) June 18, 2015
WTF? @BFriedmanDC How does this help? Are you accusing Nikki Haley? Absolutely classless.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 18, 2015
— Ken Valliere (@KenValliere) June 18, 2015
.@BFriedmanDC You’re seriously tweeting this tonight?
— declinistan (@declinistan) June 18, 2015
@BFriedmanDC just can’t help yourself, can you? Grow up and try to act like an adult. No wonder you are out of work
— Mme. PJ (@museisluse) June 18, 2015
@BFriedmanDC you’re an A$$.. You are what’s wrong with politics..
— elijah oliveri (@ElijahOliveri) June 18, 2015