Longtime aide to Hillary Clinton Huma Abedin joined Twitter on Monday night specifically to blast remarks by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday offered his suggestion that a Muslim American should not be allowed to hold the presidency.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation," Carson told Chuck Todd when asked if people of all faiths should be accepted in public life and national office.
A wave of condemnation followed Carson's remarks, but Abedin was the first political official to join a social network in order to push back against the statement:
You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country. Pride versus prejudice.
— Huma Abedin (@HumaAbedin) September 21, 2015
Fred Barbash at the Washington Post noted that her message was met with various ugly responses such as @DissidentBiker's remark, "yeah everything I know about muslims I learned on 9/11/01," or condemnations of "Sharia law."
About an hour after Abedin's tweet, Hillary Clinton's account gave her a signal boost and weclomed her to Twitter, to boot:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 21, 2015
Abedin's Twitter bio followed the standard formula: "Lucky mom, proud #HillaryForAmericaDem, lover of fiction w/ no time to read it & of shows I can't get enough of (Veep), devourer of french fries & ice cream."