A Republican official in Texas has apologized after calling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a “bimbo” in a now-deleted tweet, reports The Washington Post.
Scott Dunn, a member of the city council in Richardson, Tex., replied to the freshman congresswoman on Twitter with the offending remarks, according to screenshots of the exchange that circulated on Twitter.
“The embarrassment is to have bimbos like you with nothing between your ear [sic],” Dunn said in the tweet.
The Post notes that it is unclear to which of the congresswoman’s tweets he was responding.
As of Saturday morning, Dunn had deactivated his Twitter account after receiving intense backlash.
The newspaper noted, however, that on February 6, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about President Trump’s State of the Union address, which she called an “embarrassment.”
Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?
Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future.
We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact. https://t.co/7bu3QXFMnC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2019
Dunn later said he was trying to defend the presdient after his Tuesday address, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The New York Daily News reported that in a Facebook post made on Friday, Dunn apologized for his remarks.
“The words I used were offensive,” the Republican’s comments read. “I am responsible for my own words and actions. I apologize to anyone who finds what I said offensive.”
Mauri Long, a Richardson City Council candidate, said she found Dunn’s remarks to be “inappropriate, demeaning and divisive.”
“As one of only two women running for City Council, I find this sort of locker room talk disturbing and personally offensive,” Long wrote in a post on her campaign’s Facebook page. “This type of caustic rhetoric by an elected representative of our great city is not reflective of our own values.”