Congressman’s weird, NSFW ‘Benihana’ tweet was a staffer’s fault

Sure, plenty of people enjoy a nice Japanese dinner prepared by a chef who’s got great knife skills.

But among official Twitter accounts belonging to members of Congress, only that of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) take it up several notches by retweeting Weird Twitter‘s statement of “hell yeah benihana up in this bitch,” accompanied by a photo of an absolute disaster of homemade cooking: raw meat sizzling bare on a junky stove.

As noticed by the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops service, @keithellison almost immediately deleted the retweet, and it would have likely gone unnoticed if there weren’t bots to automatically log every single deleted tweet by a member of Congress.

An aide for Ellison, requesting anonymity, took the blame for the retweet, telling the Daily Dot that it was an honest mistake, meant to be from a personal account, and that Ellison doesn’t actually cook food scattered on his stove like some kind of animal.

Update: After speaking with the Daily Dot on the condition of anonymity, Ellison staffer Isi Kirshner-Breen has publicly taken responsibiity for the errant Benihana tweet.

Photo via Keith Ellison (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.