Ex-Canadian PM sparks online storm for wishing Hurricane Dorian ‘direct hit’ on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
As news reports emerged on Wednesday about a raging tropical storm inching closer to America’s coastline – an “absolute monster” in the words of President Trump – the former PM used the opportunity to declare: “I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!”
Former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell pic.twitter.com/pcBHb1Roph— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) August 30, 2019
Campbell was soon drenched in a wave of internet outrage, and decided to delete the offending tweet – offering a literal “mea culpa” – but her critics were already out in full force.
I have deleted my tweet about the hurricane & Mar a Lago and sincerely apologize to all it offended. It was intended as sarcasm-not a serious wish of harm. Throwaway lines get a life of their own on Twitter. I shd know better. Mea culpa.— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) August 30, 2019
The president’s son, Eric Trump, weighed in on Friday, slamming it as “classless.”
“Kim Campbell has no self respect, which is fine – she's an answer to a trivia question,”wrote Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant.
“But she holds a senior office under Justin Trudeau – she runs Supreme Court nominations. So her diplomatic abuses are damaging our relations with our chief ally.”
Sick & twisted-fmr Canadian PM wishes hurricane to hit Mar-A-Lago. @realDonaldTrump won't be there to get hurt, but many ppl, including service workers, families, etc would be hurt and property destroyed. Are liberals this hateful? https://t.co/5CyDsDmKrj— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 30, 2019
“Campbell has apologized, but there should be the [sic] consequences,”tweeted another user in response.
Some commenters came to Campbell’s defense, however.
Campbell briefly served as Canada’s first female prime minister in 1993, following the retirement of PM Brian Mulroney. A consistent critic of President Trump, Campbell has repeatedly slammed the head of state from her Twitter handle, on everything from climate policy to his relationship with the press.
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