WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Two DC Metro Police officers put their gear up as they respond to a reported shooting at an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the latest news report several people were shot with the shooter still possibly active. (Getty Images)
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Piggybacking on Russian President Vladimir Putin's dismissal of American exceptionalism in the New York Times last week, a member of the Russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee tweeted out a disgusting comment in the midst of the unfolding Navy Yard shooting this morning.
Here's the original tweet from Alexey Pushkov:
Новая стрельба у штаба ВМС в Вашингтоне - одинокий стрелок и 7 трупов. Никто уже не удивлен. Наглядное подтверждение "амер.исключительности"— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) September 16, 2013
Buzzfeed has translated the tweet to read: "A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington - a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of 'American exceptionalism.'"
Minutes later, Pushkov also send out this message in English:
The USA should part with the notion of American exceptionalism. It contradicts the principles of equal rights and smells of political racism— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) September 16, 2013
The details of this morning's shootings are still being uncovered, but this sentiment and its timing are asinine in any language.
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