Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, made what is being described as her debut on Twitter, going after Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson without naming him. Whether she really wants to look at the responses she got is another matter.
Carson, on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, when asked whether someone should be president regardless of faith, responded that it “depends on what what that faith is,” and declared if that faith were Islam, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”
“You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country,” tweeted Abedin, who is Muslim. “Pride versus prejudice.”
But as is typical of Twitter, the responses were good, bad and ugly, but mostly ugly. The good included “Amen, Huma. Hope all’s well with you.”
The ugly showed a photo of men being hanged, with a comment that “Sharia law is incompatible with American principles and values,” one of the milder comments with reference to Islam.
Others, including mentions of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, were profane, reproducing one of the photos that ultimately got Weiner in trouble, forcing him to resign from Congress.
Still others went after her for the list of controversies involving her relationship with Clinton, ranging from her multiple sources of income while working at the State Department to Clinton’s e-mail servers.
Good, bad and ugly, for some reason, seemed to have disappeared by early in the morning.
Welcome to Twitter, Huma Abedin.