At Twitchy, we have written extensively about the Jamaal Bowman story. We told you about Bowman pulling the alarm and then claiming it was an accident. Bowman continues to step on rakes handling this episode. The latest? His office sent out messaging guidance to other Democrats and suggested calling Republicans 'Nazis'. I'm sure that will help bring down the temperature and help all parties get along.
One suggested response from Bowman’s office to questions about the incident: “I believe Congressman Bowman when he says this was an accident. Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else.”
Bowman is calling fellow Democrats to say he didn't actually approve the statement, according to one person familiar with the conversations.
Bowman's office sent out this guidance to House Dem offices, looking for social media backup on fire alarm situation.— Max Cohen (@maxpcohen) October 2, 2023
One proposed rebuttal: "Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else" pic.twitter.com/4gsQeMIRsR
“If they question me, call them a Nazi”— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) October 2, 2023
- Rep. Jamaal Bowman pic.twitter.com/CRYG8btvAS
Genius messaging, indeed.
Criticizing someone for intentionally pulling a fire alarm makes one a Nazi now. 🤦♀️— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) October 2, 2023
This is what Rep. Bowman is asking his party to do instead of taking responsibility for his actions. Classic.
Reminder: Stop invoking Nazism unless it’s ACTUAL Nazis you’re dealing with. Gross.
I just became aware that in our messaging guidance, there was inappropriate use of the term Nazi without my consent. I condemn the use of the term Nazi out of its precise definition. It is important to specify the term Nazi to refer to members of the Nazi party & neo-Nazis. https://t.co/DUi92VpUia— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) October 2, 2023
Apparently, Bowman saw that message wasn't going over so well, particularly for a guy who should be showing some remorse, therefore he began to backtrack.
The Congressman’s office did not know the use of the term Nazi would set off rhetorical alarms. They thought calling people Nazis was what opened rhetorical doors. This can all be very confusing. https://t.co/JCvWkyvzb5— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) October 2, 2023
There are landmines everywhere for this guy.
We are witnessing one of the worst communications meltdowns in recent Capitol Hill history.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 2, 2023
And it all began... with a fire alarm disguised as an exit door. https://t.co/AphbfQAQog
Those fire alarm doors can be tricky, to be honest.
Did you trip and fall and inadvertently pull the Nazi lever, too? https://t.co/30lVkO8DQx— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) October 2, 2023
"I don't know what 'FIRE ALARM' means. My staff doesn't know what 'Nazi' means. Life is just an endless series of perplexing mysteries..." https://t.co/rwlsigNhpo— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 2, 2023
Bowman doesn't know that fire alarms don't open doors and his staff apparently doesn't know the difference between Nazis and Republicans. https://t.co/YgZVVvRTu2— AG (@AGHamilton29) October 2, 2023
Man, he AND his comms team can’t read. https://t.co/j4cL1lurRP— Prison Mitch (@MidnightMitch) October 2, 2023
Perhaps Bowman and his staff should order a 'Hooked on Phonics' reading system and spend some time with it this weekend.