Conservative website tweets, deletes ‘HNIC’ reference

Wisconsin state party chairman Reince Priebus (L) and incumbent Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (R) participate in a debate between chairmanship candidates of the RNC, co-sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the Daily Caller, at the National Press Club January 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Wisconsin state party chairman Reince Priebus (L) and incumbent Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (R) participate in a debate between chairmanship candidates of the RNC, co-sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the Daily Caller, at the National Press Club January 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The conservative website The Daily Caller suffered a social media fail on Thursday, when the site’s Twitter account featured a shorthand for the n-word.

The original tweet, posted at just before 5 p.m. Thursday, was directed at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. It linked to a story on the Daily Caller website about a rapper naming himself “Rhymes Priebus” after the RNC leader. “Rhymes,” the Chicago-based aspiring rapper, reportedly drove members of President Obama‘s press pool during a recent presidential visit to his hometown.

The tweet jokingly asked “Hey @Reince, why didn’t you tell us you were moonlighting as a rapper? Turns out our GOP Chair is HNIC…” HNIC is a slang term meaning “Head N-word in Charge.”

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Whoever posted the Tweet must have quickly rethought it, since they deleted it as short time later, tweeted an apology, and posted a replacement:

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The Daily Caller was founded by former CNN “Crossfire” co-host Tucker Carlson.