Politico Dismisses Reporter for Trump Incest Tweet

“It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted,” Julia Ioffe says after the fact

Last Updated: December 15, 2016 @ 7:23 AM

Reporter Julia Ioffe was expected to leave Politico for a new gig at The Atlantic, but she was shown the door early after tweeting that Donald Trump “is either f—–g his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws.”

Ioffe eventually deleted the tweet and apologized, “It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted. I am truly and deeply sorry. It won’t happen again.”

A Politico spokesman told TheWrap, “This tweet is completely unacceptable and is an obvious violation of Politico standards.”

Politico quickly ended Ioffe’s contract and editor-in-chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown sent a letter to employees reading, “Gratuitous opinion has no place, anywhere, at any time – not on your Facebook feed, your Twitter feed or any place else. It has absolutely zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work.”

The letter, which was obtained by TheWrap, continued: “Julia Ioffe’s tweet this afternoon about President-elect Trump – currently and understandably racing across social media – is a clear example of the opposite of what we were talking about.”

“We understand how absolutely infuriating it is to have incidents like this tarnish POLITICO and the great work being done across the company,” the letter said. “We feel the same, and as such there will be little tolerance for this type of behavior.”

Meanwhile, The Atlantic told the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple it is “confident” Ioffe will adhere to its standards.

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