Trump administration staffer Lynne Patton apologizes for calling April Ryan 'Miss Piggy'
An event planner who landed a job in the Trump administration apologized Wednesday for calling a White House correspondent “Miss Piggy” during a Twitter spat.
Lynne Patton, who heads a regional Housing and Urban Development office overseeing New York and New Jersey, called April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks “Miss Piggy” in a now-deleted tweet that also included the hashtag “BankruptBlogger.”
An hour later, Patton wrote, “I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan.”
“My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better,” Patton added.
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Ryan appeared on CNN and said she and other reporters have received death threats as a result of the president’s attacks on the press.
Patton, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and planned Eric Trump’s wedding before she was appointed to HUD with no prior housing experience, dismissed Ryan’s concerns on Twitter.
“As a conservative black female who has publicly worked for & supported @realDonaldTrump, I’ve been getting death threats from fellow minorities on the left for the past 3 years — so welcome to the club. @AprilDRyan,” she wrote.
The two continued to trade barbs before Patton tweeted, “I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerve, @AprilDRyan! #BankruptBlogger.”
Ryan didn’t hold back and told Patton to “kick rocks” and “find a job.”
“Whose wedding are you planning now and what wig company do you work for?” Ryan demanded.
The journalist later thanked her Twitter followers for supporting her and tweeted, “For the record I don’t know this woman @LynnePattonHUD and don’t know why my name is in her mouth. Since she started targeting me yesterday over my death threats I have found out.”