Former Obama official Tommy Vietor apologized Wednesday for tweeting an insult against Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and referenced the injury he received from an assault by a neighbor.
Here's what he said
Vietor responded to a tweet from Rand Paul revealing that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page still held Top Secret clearances despite their highly-publicized text messages criticizing and mocking President Trump.
"BREAKING: FBI admits that @realDonaldTrump haters still have Top Secret security clearances which allows them to access sensitive private information!" Paul tweeted, with images of the letter he sent to the FBI, and the response he received.
Vietor, who worked as national security spokesman under the Obama administration, used the occasion to attack and mock the senator.
"Your [sic] are a shameless hack and an idiot," Vietor said. "Stop attacking public servants."
"Start doing a better job not getting beat up by your neighbor," he added.
Many on the right thought the insult was disrespectful and discourteous, and screenshots of the tweet was passed around on social media.
Really bad look for @TVietor08, and almost inexplicably so -- how is it Rand Paul's fault that his crazed neighbor… https://t.co/mf4luV0pDp— Jeff B, fightin' the COVID one bootleg at a time (@Jeff B, fightin' the COVID one bootleg at a time)1523479908.0
Vietor later deleted the tweet and apologized, but stuck to the substance of his criticism, which was, ironically, to attack a public servant.
"I shouldn't have made fun of you getting assaulted by your neighbor," he tweeted. "It was classless and I apologize."
"But I do think it's hackish and pathetic that you continue to attack these officials for purely partisan reasons," he added. "Stop doing Trump's bidding."
"I hate him so much"
Vietor has been a vehement critic of Trump. In a recent podcast, Vietor attacked the president for his comments about a caravan of migrants heading through Mexico seeking asylum, and said, "This is why I hate him so much... when he pounds on the people who have it the worst, he reveals his true character."
Vietor became infamous in conservative circles for his dismissive comment in 2014 when pressed by Bret Baier on Fox News about Benghazi.
"Dude, this was like two years ago,” he said about four Americans being killed by terrorists.
"Dude it is the thing that everybody’s talking about!” Baier interjected back at him.