The Trump's administration's disregard for the press is well-documented, however, a top official from the Department of Housing and Urban Development took this disrespect one step further when she referred to a veteran White House journalist as "Miss Piggy" in a series of tweets.
Lynne Patton, who leads the HUD offices in New York and New Jersey, mocked April Ryan by calling her “Miss Piggy” and a “bankrupt blogger.”
It is unclear how it all started between the two; however, both roasted each other after Ryan asked Patton who she is.
Obviously someone who occupies a lot of space in your head since you can’t stop tweeting about me...😘 pic.twitter.com/L8KhnKjVD4— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 24, 2018
Ryan, who also works as the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, fired back, telling Patton how “irrelevant” she is.
Patton did not stop and called her a “blogger working for a bankrupt outlet.” Ryan took no time slamming Patton — a long-time event planner of the Trump family, who also planned Eric Trump’s wedding.
Fake info girl! Check your facts. I work for American Urban Radio Networks not Sheridan! Whose wedding are you planning now and what wig company do you work for? https://t.co/YtfF4QHzy5— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 24, 2018
Kick rocks little girl. Find a job! @LynnePatton I ain’t the one! Girl bye. Blogger girl I do news. What do you do? Do you work at HUD or play at it you washed up wedding planner. Girl bye! https://t.co/YtfF4QHzy5— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 25, 2018
Patton later deleted the tweet on her own “choice” where she referred to Ryan as “Miss Piggy” and also issued an apology saying it was “beneath” her. She went on to say that she regrets her response.
I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan. My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better. pic.twitter.com/MOWkRhOLnN— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 25, 2018
However, many people have rejected her apology and are asking her to step down. Some even believe she was not eligible for the post in the first place, given her lack of qualifications. Here is how the people reacted to the Twitter argument and Patton’s insulting remarks.
I'm #TeamAprilRyan 💯💯. I got your back April!! It's disgusting & childish for someone representing a presidential Admin to act like this. Lynne should be on #UndercoverHigh. Sh*t like this is why I want nothing to do with this new #republican party #gop. #adultdaycare— Mr. Telly Lovelace (@TellyLovelace) January 25, 2018
Aren't you the grossly unqualified wedding planner? That works for someone who went bankrupt many times? Why don't you let everyone know what you did to get your job. I'm sure it wasn't anything that would make every American vomit and have nightmares about. pic.twitter.com/KSV6FpuThl— Dale Gribble (@MyPocketSand) January 25, 2018
She's nothing but a piece of trash. April Ryan is one of my heros!— Theresa madigan (@TheresaMadigan) January 25, 2018
This is disgusting on so many levels. Will someone at HUD explain?— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) January 25, 2018
Guess she’s mad that @AprilDRyan did not hire her like #DonaldTrump to handle family events. Perhaps @LynnePatton will coordinate the going away party being planned for Trump family by #RobertMueller.— Ken Wyatt (@kenwyatt44) January 25, 2018
President Donald Trump appointed Patton as the head of HUD last June. Apart from planning Eric Trump’s wedding, Patton has coordinated celebrity golf tournaments at Trump’s courses (apparently this made her a potential candidate for the post she possesses). She was also a vice president of Eric Trump Foundation from 2011 through January 2017.
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