Michael Caputo, Trump HHS Spox, Calls For “Gassing” Journalists
Michael Caputo, the top spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, deleted his personal, verified Twitter account after posting a rant that suggested tear gassing journalists, according to Fox News.
Per the report,
Michael Caputo, who was using his verified Twitter account, reportedly commented “gas all of them” in response to a post by a self-described journalist who posted a video saying they were about to be tear-gassed. In another post, Caputo referred to another user on the social media site as a feminine hygiene product and mocked that person by saying “you have four followers.”
By Monday afternoon, the personal Twitter account for Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Health and Human Services Department, displayed a message saying “This account doesn’t exist.”
Caputo, who is former campaign aide to President Trump, is currently the subject of a House subcommittee investigation into whether political appointees have meddled with routine government scientific data to better align with Trump’s public statements about the coronavirus pandemic.
After Bloomberg first reported the Twitter story, HHS told the outlet in an emailed comment, “Mr. Caputo is a critical, integral part of the President’s coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.”