- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Huffington Post reporter tweeted and then quickly deleted a quip that involved the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is suffering from a terminal form of brain cancer.

“[C]ongratulations to john mccain’s wife and children on their upcoming tax-free inheritance,” Ms. Feinberg tweeted Thursday morning in reply to a tweet from Mr. McCain’s official account wherein he announced his support for the Senate GOP’s tax-reform plan.

Her tweet was sent in reply to a message posted from Mr. McCain minutes earlier, reading, “After careful consideration, I have decided to support the Senate #TaxReform bill. Though not perfect, this bill will deliver much-needed reform to our tax code, grow the economy & provide long overdue tax relief for American families. http://bit.ly/2Bpj8yn”

Ms. Feinberg deleted her message to the Republican senator shortly after posting it, but not until numerous accounts had screen-captured the offending message. 

“Don’t worry @ashleyfeinberg, everyone snipped it,” tweeted Chris Martin, a communications staffer for the National Republican Campaign Committee.

“i deleted the tweet it’s not worth it,” she noted in another tweet.

Ms. Feinberg offered a qualified apology Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

“to be clear—i shouldn’t have been glib and callous in pointing out that john mccain’s family stands to benefit massively from the estate tax provision in the tax bill he’s voting on this week, and i am sorry for that,” she wrote.

While many conservative followers blasted Ms. Feinberg for her comment, some defenders messaged her to say it was a perfectly legitimate criticism.

“It’s dead on. Why take it down?” asked Twitter user Chris Winner. “It was a legitimate criticism, he’s screwing over most of America but his family will profit from his vote,” wrote Twitter user @Surely_Not. 

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