UPDATE: West Island CAQ candidate responds to furor over Trump, CNN tweets
The newly-minted CAQ candidate for the West Island riding of Nelligan has responded to a furor over her now-deleted Twitter account.
On Monday, CAQ leader François Legault announced that local businesswoman Karen Cliffe would be carrying his party's colors in Nelligan. A short time later, a reporter at the Journal de Québec checked out Cliffe's Twitter account, and found several tweets in support of U.S. president Donald Trump — and many more slamming his favorite Twitter target, CNN.
Last summer, Cliffe responded to Trump's now-infamous Wrestlemania tweet, where he's seen bodyslamming WWE honcho Vince McMahon in 2007 — with the CNN logo superimposed over McMahon's face.
"Agreed Big D," Cliffe responded, "and pls lay one on Don Lemon head ..from a Canadian who thinks CNN is sucks".
Cliffe appeared to have a particular problem with Don Lemon, an openly gay black man and one of CNN's weeknight hosts. Several of her posts called Lemon biased, and called on the network to fire him.
By Tuesday morning, Cliffe deleted her Twitter account, and issued the following statement:
"I would like to clarify certain things. I do not in any way support Donald Trump, a president who goes beyond the pale every day and whose political convictions do not line up with my values. That said, I have always thought that we could take a critical look at the media's coverage of politicians, even those with whom we do not agree. I realize, however, that my criticism of CNN was exaggerated and unfounded. So I deleted my Twitter account to avoid any ambiguity."
The party says she will not comment further on the matter.
Cliffe's most recent political adventure was a run for a council seat in Kirkland last fall, which she lost by less than 100 votes.
Je suis très fier d’annoncer que l’entrepreneure, Karen Cliffe, sera la candidate de la CAQ dans la circonscription de Nelligan.— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 9, 2018
Karen a été en affaires pendant 20 ans avec des entreprises comme Astral Media et Pages Jaunes.
Elle a ensuite démarré sa propre entreprise. pic.twitter.com/Bw3ZSIuEY6