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.