In June, Twitter user @michaeljhudson tweeted the following:
hell yeah benihana up in this bitch pic.twitter.com/n9vwx4r9yn
— michael (@michaeljhudson) June 23, 2014
On Sunday, it was retweeted from Ellison's account before being quickly deleted. According to the website Politwoops, the retweet lasted all of 25 seconds on the Minnesota Democrat's feed — more than enough time to draw mockery from Michelle Malkin's Twitchy website.
Isaiah Kirshner-Breen, press and communications assistant for Ellison, told TPM on Monday that the lawmaker's fingerprints weren't on the retweet.
"It was an aide and it was a mistake. The congressman had nothing to do with it," he said by phone.