GOP official apologizes for 'insensitive' tweets about Robin Williams

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Chris Fields, the Minnesota Republican Party official whose Twitter comment about the death of Robin Williams caused a storm of criticism on social media Monday night, issued an apology Tuesday afternoon, according to the Star Tribune.

"My comments were insensitive and inappropriate, and they clearly do not reflect the views of the Republican Party of Minnesota. I am sincerely sorry for my actions," Fields said in a statement released by the Minnesota GOP.

The war of words began shortly after Ellen Anderson, a Minnesota DFL Party official, tweeted a message mourning the passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams, whose death was announced earlier in the day.

Fields responded this way. (NOTE: As of early Tuesday afternoon, Fields had deleted his Twitter comments, so they no longer appear here as embedded tweets, just as text. BuzzFeed captured the Twitter conversation in a series of screenshots.)

.@ellencanderson how very 80’s. Want an economy like we had in 80’s under Reagan…Vote @Jeff4Gov tomorrow in the primary.

— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 11, 2014

Fields was taken to task by many Twitter users who accused him of using Williams’ death to try to score political points. Fields didn’t back down.

It’s curious to me why ppl mourn the loss of celebrities but ignore the misery everyday ppl live with as policies crush hope and opportunity

— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN)August 12, 2014

.@ViaMarsala18 @ellencanderson doesn’t surprise me that ppl with pretend grief want to pretend #mndfl policies don’t hurt real ppl. Got it

— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 12, 2014

.@mbrodkorb Perspective is needed not political correctness which incidentally has caused more harm than any tweet of mine.

— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) August 12, 2014

The Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, also distanced himself from Fields.

The story was picked up by several national media outlets as well, including the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.

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