Journalist Elizabeth Drew has sparked controversy for a tweet in which she made a mocking comment about the violent murder of British Conservative MP David Amess, which occurred recently in a church in the United Kingdom.
Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament, died after being stabbed multiple times while meeting with constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, in the English county of Essex, on Friday, Oct. 15.
Drew, who is a frequent guest on MSNBC, after mocking the slain congressman’s name on Twitter, faced intense backlash from users appalled by the journalist’s unfortunate comment, according to Fox News.
After receiving a barrage of criticism on the social network, the liberal journalist, who has also written columns for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair, and Project Syndicate, deleted her tweet hours later, saying, “Apologies for the lapse. Tweet deleted.”
According to what Fox News reported, the tweet read:
“A perfect last name for a politician who gets stabbed at a town hall meeting. British lawmaker dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting with constituents, police say it’s David Amess.”
Comments of disgust from Twitter users, including those written by several fellow journalists, were quick to follow.
One was written by Tim Graham, the executive editor of NewsBusters, who said, “Hoping this New Yorker veteran has some millennial doing her tweets, because this is just ghastly. She should take it down.”
Meanwhile, Washington Examiner commenter Becket Adams wrote, “Were you always a bad person or did social media help you to get there?”
And Mediaite writer Jackson Richman said, “This is sick. Shame on you.”
Sir David Amess, 69, is the second British Member of Parliament to be murdered in five years. In 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox died after being stabbed by a terrorist moments before a meeting with her constituents in West Yorkshire.
According to reports, Amess was surprised by a man who ran in with a knife and headed straight for him to stab him.
In a statement issued Saturday morning, Essex Metropolitan Police said that the initial investigation into the incident suggests a potential link to Islamic extremism. The killer was arrested and was found to be a British citizen of Somali descent.
And he clarified that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is “a continuing threat to the general public.”
Former Prime Minister David Cameron referred to the attack in which the MP, who had been a member of Parliament since 1983 and was the father of five children, was killed as “very alarming and worrying.”
Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer said the incident was “horrific and deeply shocking.”