Think Progress Justice Editor Ian Millhiser was forced to delete a tweet Wednesday morning where he mocked Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, President-elect Trump’s pick for ambassador to China:

Here’s a screenshot of the now disappeared hot-take:

Maybe he deleted it because the current ambassador to China is from a small, rural landlocked state full of white people?

Oh, but it gets worse for Millhiser as Gov. Branstad is actually perfect for the job. From the Des Moines Register:

The offer, announced during a fundraiser Wednesday morning, highlights Branstad’s decades-long “friendship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and years-long efforts to build strong economic and trade ties between the state of Iowa and the world’s most populous nation.

And this:

And this:

Millhiser tried to clean things up:

Um, no. Try again:

His response that avoids the question: