ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Twitter account of Ben Jealous’ campaign liked a six-month-old tweet that described corrupt police and the #BlueLivesMatter movement in vulgar language, but a campaign spokesman says the Democratic candidate for Maryland governor didn’t like the tweet and it doesn’t represent his views.
The post read: “Among the many reasons to end the failed war on the drugs is the way it has corrupted too many police officers,”
The next day, someone replied with a profanity-laced post- saying in part, “People still believe cops are saints…**** blue lives matter and all these dirty **** cops,”
According to the Baltimore Sun, the tweet was then *liked* by Jealous’ page.
Kevin Harris, Jealous’ campaign spokesman, said Thursday that the tweet from February was unliked this week, when the campaign learned of it. They said it was something done by a staffer on accident.
Harris says the former NAACP president values and respects law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean he won’t speak out against the “very small number of officers who dishonor their badges by engaging in corruption or excessive force against unarmed civilians.”
Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign, says the language in the tweet is “outrageously unbecoming for a candidate for governor.”
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