After a rant about "liberal pussies," Tom Powers gave up his St. Paul Pioneer Press column.

A semi-retired sportswriter who’s been regularly contributing columns to the St. Paul Pioneer Press won’t be doing that any more following a Twitter rant about “liberal pussies” that called Hillary Clinton “the devil incarnate” and told Democrats “go fuck yourself.” Tom Powers worked for the paper for a long while and had been contributing a regular freelance column, but his five-hour Twitter rant Tuesday night created a ton of backlash. He then tweeted Wednesday he was ending his association with the Pioneer Press so they wouldn’t “take heat” for his rant.

[Update: Powers has now deleted his entire Twitter account, which is why the tweets in here are oddly formatted. The content is still readable.]

The paper then issued some follow-up tweets:

This rant started Tuesday night at 10:36 local time, with Powers replying to a seven-hours-old tweet from cartoonist Tom Tomorrow saying the Republicans need to deal with their own mess:

That took a bunch of blowback, and Powers doubled down. He’s deleted some of the tweets in question (they’re preserved at CityPages), telling liberals and Democrats “You lost. Go fuck yourself.” and “You ran Hillary. Go fuck yourself.”, calling Democrats “assholes,” and calling Clinton “the most unlikable, untrustworthy candidate in the history of politics.” Another one was “It’s funny, every time I say something nice about Trump I lose about 500 followers. Which just goes to show how fucked liberal pussies are.” Some others remain, including this comparison:

Yeah, comparing a politician to serial killers and rapists probably isn’t the wisest choice. And this was not great advice:

At 3:17 a.m. local time, he finished with “I’m going to bed now. In conclusion, Dems are against many things but stand or for nothing. Pussies. Fucking awful.” Well, that’s certainly one way to make an exit. And it’s one of the stranger ways we’ve seen to (presumably) end a sportswriting career.


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.