Political analyst Matthew Dowd was slammed for sending out a tweet on Friday that mocked former President Trump’s impeachment defense team, comparing it to the deadly 133-vehicle pileup in Fort Worth this week that left six dead and dozens more injured.
The horrific accident occurred as a snow and ice storm struck Interstate 35W in Fort Worth during the morning rush hour on Thursday. Black ice on the road is thought to have been at fault.
Incomprehensibly, Dowd thought the scenes of the deadly pileup were the perfect comparison for Trump’s impeachment representation. He admitted to not reading the story concerning the tragedy. He evidently just thought the image he came across was the perfect fit for making fun of Trump’s attorneys as they presented their case against impeachment before the Senate.
“I saw this picture in the news today. I didn’t read the story. Was this picture one of trumps [sic] impeachment defense team presentation?” Dowd insensitively quipped.
Dowd touts himself as a “proud independent.” But his target of choice is conservatives and he is known for his bombastic tweets. After his cringeworthy tweet went out, he was torched on social media for it. Dowd would later delete it with no explanation or apology. In fact, he doubled down before deleting it, snarking back at his detractors: “How many people died at the us capitol?”
Shannon Rosseau of NewsOn6 was incensed: “Not only did Matthew Dowd with ABC News block me, he also deleted his insensitive tweet about the deadly pileup on I35 in Fort Worth.”
Not only did Matthew Dowd with ABC News block me, he also deleted his insensitive tweet about the deadly pileup on I35 in Fort Worth.
Fortunately, screenshots never die.
— Shannon Rousseau (@shannonrousseau) February 12, 2021
“Six people died in this wreck, but keep making your jokes @matthewjdowd,” TheBlaze’s Jessica O’Donnell angrily stated.
Suzie Bullock, a retired educator, nailed Dowd for his cruel joke: “Matthew Dowd, What a crass, cruel comment regarding a serious incident in which lives were lost. Was this a failed attempt at humor, or are you just callously heartless?”
Others chimed in and did not let Dowd off the hook for his callousness.
In a later tweet, Dowd wrote: “in·sur·rec·tion /ˌinsəˈrekSH(ə)n/ noun “a violent uprising against an authority or government.”’ EB tweeted right back at him: “Douche Bag /,DoucHE BAG (:) u/ Noun @matthewjdowd A person who makes fun of a multi-vehicle crash with 6 dead and 30 plus injured in the name of his political view. Then tries to deflect by using opposite party atrocious events to justify his stupidity.”
“a violent uprising against an authority or government”
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 12, 2021
The crash was so tragic, that Dowd’s casual use of it in a tactless joke was deemed by many as simply reprehensible.
“The scene we saw today is really, probably, unlike anything any of us have seen, and we pray to God we never see it again. Our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers go out to everyone negatively affected by this tragic incident,” Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes said to FOX 4 News.
Reportedly, many of the victims were healthcare workers and were found wearing their work scrubs and hospital badges. One nurse crawled out of the wreckage and started helping other victims of the massive crash. There was nothing funny about the tragic accident.
Dowd left ABC News last month. He has been an on-air commentator with the network since 2007. He now appears on CNN and MSNBC as an analyst and commentator.
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