By Deanna Paul / The Washington Post
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s official Twitter account was used to call President Donald Trump a “delusional communist” on Sunday. The post, which was deleted within two hours, was made by an employee who is no longer working for the agency, according to a Department of Transportation tweet.
“You’re a delusional Communist. You know it’s Communist countries that try to control media, right?” the state’s south central agency posted.
The message followed Trump’s criticism of Fox News anchors Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert, asking whether they had been “trained by CNN before their ratings collapse.”
“In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!” wrote Trump Sunday afternoon.
The former employee’s tweet drew statewide attention, including from the Kansas Republican Party, which quickly pointed the finger at recently elected Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat. The Republican Party blamed Kelly and her staff for “attacking President Trump on the Kansas taxpayer’s dime.”
The Wichita Eagle reported that Ashley All, a spokeswoman for Kelly, called the tweet “absolutely unacceptable.”
Acting secretary of transportation Julie Lorenz also criticized the message.
“The tweet has been deleted from the KDOT account as it does not reflect the views of KDOT or the Administration and was an unacceptable use of state communication tools,” she said a Sunday evening statement on the social media platform; a representative did not return The Post’s request for comment.