In a social media posting on Saturday, a writer for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” celebrated the damage done to Brett Kavanaugh’s life after multiple women raised unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault against him.
“Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life,” the writer, Ariel Dumas, wrote on Twitter.
Her comments immediately generated backlash. She responded by “locking” her account, meaning her posts were no longer public and only those following her could view her tweets.
Writer for the Colbert Show just deleted this tweet. This is all they cared about from the beginning.
“So how did our politics get so poisonous?” – Colbert pic.twitter.com/PaOqTgH4aK
— Sam (@Sam_5thEstate) October 7, 2018
Dumas’ tweet came several hours after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh as the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate voted 50-48, the narrowest Supreme Court confirmation in more than a century. Only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), voted for Kavanaugh.
After widespread outrage, Dumas deleted her tweet. But alas, the internet is forever.
She later posted an apology, blaming her tweet on the “complexity of frustration, anger and sadness,” while characterizing the tone as an “attempt at sarcasm.”
The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally. The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it.
— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) October 7, 2018
Dumas also removed her Twitter bio in which she identified herself as a writer for Colbert’s show.
CBS, which hosts Colbert’s show, confirmed Dumas is a writer for the network. A spokesman said Dumas’ apology “speaks for itself,” according to Fox News.