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Now-former deputy WH liaison at USAID apologizes for tweets she says she didn't send, and then things get weird

Are we having fun yet? No? Well, buckle up.

Earlier this week, deputy White House liaison at USAID Merritt Corrigan found herself in hot water over a series of tweets sent out from her Twitter account. And now, she’s no longer with USAID.


More from Politico:

Merritt Corrigan, the deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leaving the agency after a short and tumultuous tenure marred by calls for her removal over controversial comments she had made on LGBT rights, according to two USAID officials and another person familiar with the matter.

Late Monday morning, Corrigan unlocked her previously private Twitter account and unleashed six tweets blasting USAID, congressional Democrats and the media.

In tweets unusual even for an administration that has been marked by constant personnel shakeups and palace intrigue, she saidshe would be holding a news conference on Thursday that would include two far-right purveyors of conspiracy theories, Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, to “discuss the rampant anti-Christian sentiment at USAID.” She also said she had “watched with horror this week as USAID distributed taxpayer funded documents claiming ‘we cannot tell someone’s sex or gender by looking at them’ and that not calling oneself ‘cis-gendered’ is a microagression[.] I’m not cis-anything. I’m a woman.”

On Monday, she defended herself and tweeted: “For too long, I’ve remained silent as the media has attacked me for my Christian beliefs, which are shared by the majority of Americans[.] Let me clear: Gay marriage isn’t marriage[.] Men aren’t women[.] US-funded Tunisian LGBT soap operas aren’t America First.”


Got all that?

Anyway, Politico’s Daniel Lippman is reporting today that Corrigan has apologized while also claiming that she wasn’t responsible:


Well, that’s where it gets even more interesting. Because Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman — with whom Corrigan said she’d be holding a press conference this week — have released a statement of their own:


Beg your pardon?

Our heads hurt.

2020 is a hell of a year.

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