MSNBC Tweet Calling Republicans Racist Deleted After Online Backlash

Tara Dodrill

MSNBC deleted a tweet calling Republicans racist just moments after it was published and an outpouring of backlash began. The controversial tweet from the news network referred to a biracial Cheerios boxcover photo which was just launched.

The MSNBC tweet read:

"Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family"

After the network removed the tweet alleging racism by the GOP from its official Twitter account, an apology tweet was published. The social media platform went wild after the initial tweet bashing the rightwing was published. Self-proclaimed rightwing user Michael Hausam posted both his thoughts about the MSNBC tweet and a photo of himself with his biracial daughters.

Political analyst Michelle Malkin posted this in response to the MSNBC rightwing racism claims:

"Hi @msnc cretins: I am 'rightwing' & my kids are biracial. Take your self-righteous hatred and shove it. RT if you agree!"

The MSNBC apology reads:

"Earlier this account tweeted an offensive line about the new Cheerios ad. We deeply regret it. It does not reflect the position of MSNBC."

Republican National Committee Head Reince Priebus sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin demanding that the network officially apologize to all conservatives. Priebus is also urging Republicans to boycott the news channel.

An excerpt from Reince Priebus' letter reads:

"Until he [Griffin] takes internal corrective action and personally apologies - not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans – I'm banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC."

— deanna m (@madgrammy84) January 30, 2014

— Onan Coca (@onanjcoca) January 30, 2014

— Allen Nosaka (@japindian65) January 30, 2014

— Nancy S. Brandt (@NancySBrandt) January 30, 2014

— John E. Keener (@Keenerthanyou1) January 30, 2014

— Patrick (@pattymo) January 30, 2014

— John P Hudgins (@HudgTheBaptist) January 30, 2014

.@msnbc look @ #MyRightWingBiracialFamily We don't have to be white men to be conservative.

— Lauren McCue (@LMcCue26) January 30, 2014

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