Minn. state Rep. Ryan Winkler calls Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom, claims he didn’t know it was offensive

Minnesota state Rep. Ryan Winkler is about to learn a hard lesson: Twitchy is forever.

Upon hearing that the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, the Democrat took to Twitter to attack Justice Clarence Thomas as an Uncle Tom. “#SCOTUS VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas. Marriage decision may blur Court’s backsliding,” he tweeted. He quickly deleted the tweet, but it was archived by Topsy.

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Winkler’s account is not verified by Twitter, but it is linked from news articles and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s website. Here’s what followed Winkler’s “Uncle Thomas” tweet:

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349556207675125760

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349559145877340163

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349560557696856068

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349561611905802240

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349562233149333505

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349562448568786945

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349565846911336448

He’s not sure if it’s offensive?

http://twitter.com/ExJon/statuses/349574333137555456

http://twitter.com/BecketAdams/statuses/349573943696424961

http://twitter.com/matthewhurtt/statuses/349576279235903489

http://twitter.com/collegepolitico/statuses/349573503328075777

http://twitter.com/MangyLover/statuses/349578866861416449

https://twitter.com/fredontwittur/status/349575800854552577

http://twitter.com/collegepolitico/statuses/349572685728198657

That was actually his excuse — that he didn’t know better.

https://twitter.com/RepRyanWinkler/status/349573260461096961

Really? What exactly is the “debate”?

http://twitter.com/DLoesch/statuses/349580193624629248

Judging by the context of the tweet, he knew exactly what it meant. He’s just sorry he got caught.

https://twitter.com/RickSheridan/status/349576083374473217

http://twitter.com/SoonerCubby/statuses/349575318027255809

http://twitter.com/jrsalzman/statuses/349586517750054913

http://twitter.com/RBPundit/statuses/349576875569446912

http://twitter.com/RBPundit/statuses/349578924948340736

http://twitter.com/RBPundit/statuses/349579750303473666

http://twitter.com/AlexParkerDC/statuses/349582201291153408

http://twitter.com/DrewMTips/statuses/349577652287451136

Free advice for Winkler:

http://twitter.com/gdthomp01/statuses/349579893136297984

http://twitter.com/ComfyPaws/statuses/349582518367961088

Related reading for Ryan Winkler:

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New tone death wishes? On Justice Thomas’ birthday, Touré further exposes his moral bankruptcy

Justice Thomas dissents, Left hurls vile racial slurs ‘house nigga,’ ‘Uncle Tom’

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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