Kansas Agency Calls Donald Trump A 'Delusional Communist' In Reply To President's Tweet About Fox News

The Kansas Department of Transportation found itself in hot water on Sunday after the state agency's Twitter account replied to a tweet from President Donald Trump.

Trump spent much of Sunday on the social media site, tweeting about everything from Saturday Night Live to the shutdown of a General Motors plant in Ohio. The president also tweeted about Fox News, railing against a pair of weekend anchors, Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert, and weekday host Shephard Smith.

"Were @FoxNews weekend anchors, @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert, trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse? In any event, that's where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!," Trump said.

The tweet from Trump, like all posted by the president, got thousands of replies, but it was the south central Kansas DOT account's admonishment that raised some eyebrows.

"You're a delusional Communist. You know it's Communist countries that try to control media, right?," the SCKDOT account said in a reply tweet to Trump.

The tweet was deleted two hours later.

According to Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz, the tweet was posted by an employee who is no longer with the agency.

"Today a KDOT employee sent a tweet from our SC Kansas KDOT Twitter account. 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," Lorenz said in a statement given to The Wichita Eagle.

The same statement was also posted on the Kansas DOT Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Despite the tweet being removed, state Rep. J.R. Claeys retweeted the SCKDOT comment, saying, "Getting lit up by the press for tweets is my specialty. Feel free to call for advice before Republicans pounce."

According to the Eagle, the Republican Party of Kansas did "pounce," posting to Facebook to say that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly "campaigned on bipartisanship but she refuses to negotiate with Republicans in the legislature, and her staff is too busy attacking President Trump on the Kansas taxpayer's dime."

Claeys later retweeted KDOT's statement, questioning the decision to fire the employee who replied to Trump, "She was fired for being against Communism #ksleg."

Twitter has proved a difficult area for many to navigate in recent weeks. Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar generated controversy for published remarks some called anti-Semitic and the GOP's official Twitter account took heat after publishing a photo of 2020 presidential campaign candidate Beto O'Rourke photoshopped to wear a leprechaun hat with a placard urging individuals to drink responsibly on St. Patrick's Day.

In Connecticut, a campaign manager for a state Senate candidate Bill Wadsworth was fired for publishing a meme of his opponent standing with Sen. Richard Blumenthal. New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams also fired a member of his campaign team, a finance director, for tweets with racial undertones.

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