On Thursday afternoon, Eva Longoria apologized over Twitter for retweeting a lewd message about Gov. Mitt Romney. Longoria is a a co-chair for President Barack Obama's campaign.
"I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney. You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic tw*t," the original tweet read. Longoria has since deleted the retweet and apologized for retweeting the message.
"I use Twitter as a platform for all Americans and their opinions. Sorry if people were offended by retweet. Obviously not my words or my personal view. I respect all Americans #FreedomOfSpeech," Longoria tweeted. She later clarified further tweeting, "And for the record I have never personally called any conservative women stupid. I think u are all beautiful and strong and smart! I appreciate those conservative women who have sent me some great articles! I respect u, stay involved!"
But, Fox News and Politico report that Longoria initially implied that the retweet may have been an error with Twitter's system.
"Is anyone else's twitter bugging out? There are things in my timeline I didn't retweet today. Hmmm? Standby trying to fix!," Longoria tweeted after the controversial retweet. After a handful of other tweets about her account, she clarified that it wasn't working in the morning. "Wow I wish people would read more carefully. I said my twitter was acting up THIS morning only...," she tweeted.
The Desperate Housewives actress recieved immediate backlash after her retweet. "I am a woman and support @MittRomney I am stupid? Your comment is disgusting and disrespectful to women. Shame on you," Twitter user @MelissaAdiva wrote. Another user, @MayelindDV, tweeted "I am Hispanic. I am very informed on all issues. Will be voting for Romney and proud to say it.
Later in the day, she admitted over Twitter to retweeting the controversial message and also noted that she often uses Twitter to initiate important conversations:
"I retweet many people I don't agree with for the purpose of discussion and dialogue, that's democracy...and boy did this create dialogue!"