Congressman’s Staff Takes The Blame For ‘Benihana Up In This Bitch’ Retweet


Something rather odd showed up on the official Twitter account of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) this weekend, but a spokesperson for the congressman said Monday it was the result of a mistake by a staffer.

In June, Twitter user @michaeljhudson tweeted the following:

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.


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