Texas councilman Scott Dunn apologizes after he was slammed on social media for calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'bimbo'
Richardson City Councilman Scott Dunn had responded to a tweet from the congresswoman by writing: 'The embarrassment is to have bimbos like you with nothing between your ears.'
A city council member from Texas has apologized after he caused a social media firestorm by calling New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "bimbo" on Twitter. Richardson City Councilman Scott Dunn had responded to a tweet from the candid freshman congresswoman by writing: "The embarrassment is to have bimbos like you with nothing between your ears."
The post received heavy criticism shortly after that and the uproar caused Dunn to finally delete his Twitter account, reports the Daily Mail. This was, however, after his rude comment went viral when users took screenshots of it.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the tweet had been in "defense of the president" and his State of the Union address earlier in the week but it is still not known which specific tweet Dunn was responding to because the post was deleted. Ocasio-Cortez, who is the youngest woman to have ever been elected to Congress, has since become a veritable lightning rod for the public because of her strong criticism of the Republican Party and her own socialist platform. She is yet to respond to Dunn's remarks.
Dunn proceeded to post a very brief apology on his personal Facebook page, which was then made private. He wrote: "The words I used were offensive. I am responsible for my own words and actions. I apologize to anyone who finds what I said offensive." Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker then released a statement saying that he was "extremely disappointed and embarrassed" with Dunn's comment.
The statement read: "While I certainly respect Councilman Dunn's, or any citizen's, right to freely express his or her opinion on any issue of public concern, I also believe that Richardson’s values are best upheld when we engage in civic discourse that is civil in tone, respectful of others and designed to produce constructive outcomes for the betterment of our community."
"Even when we disagree about important political and social issues, we shouldn’t resort to name-calling. I condemn the description of any woman in this manner as clearly inconsistent with Richardson's values." Voelker also noted that Dunn's remarks were not made as an official comment or using any of the city communication channels. The mayor added: "I have expressed my concerns to Councilman Dunn, and I am hopeful that he will take this matter deeply to heart and that he will express sincere remorse and a clear understanding of his words' hurtful impact."
A candidate for the Richardson City Council, Mauri Long, also released a statement about Dunn's comment, which she deemed "inappropriate, demeaning and divisive". She wrote: "As one of only two women running for City Council, I find this sort of locker room talk disturbing and personally offensive." The post continued: "This type of caustic rhetoric by an elected representative of our great city is not reflective of our own values."
Dunn has served on the city council in Richardson since 2011. He announced in a post in January that he will not be running for re-election.