The 2012 Twitchys: Top 20 deleted tweets of the year

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When politicians, celebrities, and public figures get called out on controversial tweets, their first instinct is often to reach for the social media whitewash. But as we like to remind those who try to hide from sunlight, Twitchy is forevah.

Without further ado, here are our picks for the top 20 deleted tweets of the year — preserved for posterity, hilarity, and transparency.

20. Civility, anyone? Top Democratic National Committee new media director Greg Greene tweeted a foul-mouthed, gloating reaction to the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare. He then deleted the message. Silly “new media director.” You can’t send your profane bloviations down the rabbit hole!

19 – 17. Nickelodeon star Jason Biggs and his vulgar wife polluted their public Twitter timelines with sexual jokes, taunts, and misogynist rants aimed at Republican women. After conservative parents and Twitchy pushed back, Biggs tried to sanitize his account of the worst tweets — but later doubled down on the filth. Meanwhile, Nickelodeon removed its tweet promoting Biggs’ Twitter feed. Parents, beware.

16. In December, the official Twitter account of the Michigan House Democrats celebrated — and then tried to erase — Democratic State Rep. Douglas Geiss’s irresponsible incitement to violence over right-to-work legislation:

15-14. University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis, America’s nuttiest professor, went ballistic on the National Rifle Association with a series of incendiary, violence-promoting tweets and retweets, including these two. After conservative Campus Reform activists exposed his rhetoric, Loomis deleted his Twitter account, played victim, and then un-deleted his account. So if you’re curious about his views on “historical dildos,” go ahead and follow. The bursting of the higher ed bubble can’t come a moment too soon.

13. Liberal loon actress Cher is in a category all by herself. Here’s one of the trademark diatribes against Mitt Romney and Tea Party conservatives that she tried to erase:

12-11. We exposed Obama bundler and left-wing starlet Eva Longoria’s hateful retweet against conservative minorities and women in October. After trying to channel disgraced former Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner and blaming Twitter gremlins for her poor judgment, she offered an insincere non-apology apology.  Hollywood P.R. officials: Consider this a textbook example of how not to do social media engagement.

10.Speaking of Hollywood do’s and don’ts, if you are a celeb who wishes to express support for Israel, be prepared for a barrage of Muslim hate tweets and death threats — and for goodness sake, stand by your statement. Reality star Kim Kardashian made a complete fool of herself (not the first time) by dipping her manicured toe into Middle East politics, deleting, and apologizing. Perhaps she should stick to tweeting bikini pics.

9. After news of the horrific Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting broke, a hapless women’s fashion website bragged that “Aurora” was trending because of one of its dresses. A faux apology and blame-avoidance message soon followed. Chalk it up as another lesson in corporate social media 101.

8. Hilarity ensued when former Clinton officials/pundit Lanny Davis tried to direct message actress Morgan Fairchild, but ended up tweeting his private messages … to the world. Whoopsie!

7. When Republicans commit typos or grammatical errors, liberal journos use it as blanket evidence of the Right’s stupidity/lack of education/evilness, etc. (See 2010, when Sarah Palin’s Twitter typo became the gloating MSM-mocked “word of the year.”) To counterbalance the lib lapdogs, Twitchy pointed out countless liberal/Democrat/White House goofs this year, including this one from the official White House Twitter account. Reaction from the left-wing press? Crickets chirping…

6. Genius Donald Trump tweeted this embarrassing typo and made things worse by deleting it, blaming a staffer, and then deleting the blame redistribution tweet, too. “Dumby,” indeed.

5. Notorious woman-beater Chris Brown launched a vicious tirade against comedian Jenny Johnson, who had the audacity to criticize his bloody history with girlfriend/domestic violence victim Rihanna. Brown then deleted his entire Twitter account, along with this tweet, before deciding to restore the account. Rihanna approves.

4.  David Shuster, the know-it-all liberal who used to host some show on MSNBC, tried to give Twitter user @brento76 a spelling lesson about the word “asinine.”

“It’s ‘assinine,’ with 2s’s… not one,” Shuster smugly (and incorrectly) tweeted.

How do you spell “beclowned?” D-A-V-I-D-S-H-U-S-T-E-R!

3. The official NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Twitter account was commandeered by a spacey left-wing employee in October who  used the government feed to re-tweet anti-Romney propaganda from a George Soros-backed outfit. Taxpayers were not happy with the Cher-like rant, and NASA tried to wipe the slate clean. Too late:

2. Among all the unhinged anti-gun responses in the wake of the terrible Newtown school shooting, the murderous anti-NRA incitement of Texas Democratic Party precinct chair and Texas State Democratic Party’s Executive Committee member John Cobarruvias stood out. New lib thug tone, same as the old lib thug tone:

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1. Despite the State Department’s attempts to cover it up, the mortifying apologitis of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on the day of the September 11 attack on the compound will live in infamy. Looks like they tried to make the delete button the new reset button. Fail:

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Update: We’ve decided to give an honorable mention to Reuters reporter Pedro da Costa, who deleted his tweet calling Mitt Romney’s tax return release a “true sign of desperation.”

Related: Twitchy’s top 10 mistweeters of the year

  • Michelle

    Love it!

  • ScaryCheri

    well done as always. Happy New year Twitchy Team

  • BlueGood

    Great idea Twitchy, this should be an annual event… “Top 20 TWITS”

    • Jesse Malkin

      Thanks! We plan to repeat this every year.


      This should be daily.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        At least!

    • Jeff Jefferson

      Top 20 Twits is an excellent name.

  • Jim Russell

    Twitter has a way for twits to do their thang. Twitchy has a way to make them pay….forever.

  • Raphael Gluck ツ

    Gives you an idea how stiff the competition was, no place for the deleted UN 1 state solution tweet

    • Jesse Malkin

      stiff competition indeed!

      • Raphael Gluck ツ

        You guys do amazing job And a great concept for a website. Keep it up!

  • Leroy Whitby

    I vote for David Shuster’s deleted tweet as numero uno . . . just because it’s the stupidest and most embarrassing tweet I’ve ever seen. He’s not very important, but he is from MSNBC, which is a standing joke in and of itself. So it’s sort of a joke squared. And since the definition of asinine applies to his tweet it makes it a joke cubed!

    • Garth Haycock

      Also, someone needs to tell Schuster that an apostophre denotes possession, not plurality.

  • Sam

    I vote we have a top Twits as well. Ellen Barkin needs to be in top five. Only award she’ll ever win.

    • TugboatPhil

      Ellen doesn’t qualify as a “twit.” She is a word very similar to that, but only Bill Maher can get away with using it in public.

    • TocksNedlog

      Ellen, Cher, Bette Midler and Nancy Lee Grahn should start a think tank.

      • Darth Vengeance

        More like a think tea spoon

      • JustLikeAnimals

        They did.

        It’s being called the “Septic Tank Of Progressive Thinking.”

        That’s “STOP Thinking” for short.


        • TocksNedlog

          Progressive Middle-aged Screechers Club

          • Jay17145

            Cher and Bette Midler are “middle-aged”?

          • TocksNedlog

            Okay, how about Post-Menopausal Sycophants?

          • TocksNedlog

            And holding.

          • TocksNedlog

            Remember, ‘half past dead’ is the new 80.

  • nc

    Thanks for making me look – not! (re Jason Biggs)

  • Rick Olson

    funny stuff….

  • Dawgfan70

    Is the cut-off 20? I’m sure next year there will be much more than this. Can delete, but can’t hide.

  • LL1885
  • GTFOBigGovt

    Brilliant. The advent of Twitchy was the only good thing to come out of 2012. Happy New Year and thanks!

  • $30423294

    My college professor told me that these tweets by people he called “the true patriots” will be forgotten because the internet automatically deletes such — what he called — “unintentional mistakes”, even the screen caps on twitchy (he got really, really mad when he said the word twitchy, like his face got all spastic).

    He said the internet has, like, a timer or something where all these screen captures will be deleted after, like, 90 days or something, so the reputations of what he called “the true patriots” will be restored to their rightful place of honor.

    UPDATE: Sorry guys I was messing around. I wish it didn’t sound so doggone plausible. That in itself is depressing :(

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      OMG what in the WORLD is he a professor of?!?!?

      • Vennoye

        Certainly NOT ……IT and computers!!

    • Anti liberal white guy

      Sorry to hear that you are paying a large amount of $$ to be taught liberal progressive BS.

  • Jack Deth

    Ahhhhhh, Twitter:

    The world’s never forgetting, never forgiving Bathroom Wall. Where whatever you write, feel or emote remains forever!

    Thank you, Twitchy. For allowing we “ordinary people” a consistent source of humor. So we might endure the travails of the day. While never being Overdrawn at the Memory Bank!

    • High_Tech

      That has got to be the greatest definition of Twitter I have ever heard!

  • Jimmy John

    And the many deleted inappropriate tweets by conservatives? Of course not, this site needs to keep up it’s propoganda narrative, even after getting thumped in the election.

    • Comrade Jones

      msm covers those do not worry comrade

  • RevDrEBuzz

    hmm, its like liberals are angry rash idiots or something…

  • Kristy Patullo

    Awesome! Hahaha Happy New Year!!!

  • Jeff Roseborough

    What? No mention of Obama following porn on twitter! That should have made the top 10 at least.

  • Right Wired

    Love this!

    I would only suggest 3 special awards too, in addition to the Top 20:

    Most Mornic Folly-wood Tweet
    Most Loyal Lapdog Award
    Most Intolerant Tweet by a ‘Tolerant’ Liberal

    and maybe..Commenter-Comment of the Year?

  • ember

    Love this. A good reminder of why we need Twitchy.

  • ArtieThe1

    This is no surprise that this is what democrats think of the America that doesn’t think like they do. They talk about shooting and killing us, but we are the ones with the firepower. No wonder they want to disarm us.

  • Carlos Hernandez

    With such stiff competition & such abundance of Twits to pick from, I think Twitchy should compile a “Top 100” list. It’s a shame not to see Maher, Cher, Midler, Ellen, etc. They gave us some jewels!

  • el_polacko

    y’know, some of these are not really all that shocking…and, of course, the authors chose to delete them after getting it out of their system.
    twitchy started out as an interesting look at the range of opinions across the twittersphere but it has devolved into the handy ‘two-minute hate’ site for the torches and pitchforks crowd. greg gutfeld nailed it in his book, ‘the joy of hate’…there’s a lotta ‘joy’ being experienced here.

    • Jim Russell

      You throw the word ‘hate’ around like you may be a liberal. It’s a pretty harsh word there el for folks having a little fun at others making fools of themselves. It’s human. Don’t like them…or just conservative humans?

  • $21367552

    hap·less adj. Luckless; unfortunate.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Great Job, I agree.

    Next year, maybe there will be time to introduce the top 20 for each category, i.e. Top 20 for Politics, Entertainment and Media. There’s bound to be many many more for the offing in the coming new year.

    I’ll take it from BlueGood: Top 20 Political TWITS, Top 20 Entertainment TWITS and Top 20 Media TWITS.

  • $30158943 “It’s never clear what long-term gains, if any, conservatives make by starting these little fires. But Twitchy is gaining traction among conservatives as it highlights each one, Mair said.” Michelle Malkin arsonist. Way to add to the discourse.

  • orringtonmom (D)

    there needs to be more catagories. i suggest the ‘Cher Medal of all CAPS’ and ‘best white house tweet/ hilarity ensues’…

  • John Public

    Well, to be fair, when talking about comments David Shuster made, it really should be spelled “assinine.”

  • Jackie Wellfonder

    Love it!!

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos have no brains, no conscience, and no sense of understanding anyone other than their own personal self.