A New York Times political editor is in hot water — with at least two Republican congressmen calling for him to be fired — for a series of tweets he made a decade ago that ridiculed Jews, Mohawk Indians, the Amish and even the Times itself.
Tom Wright-Piersanti, a senior political editor, has deleted many of the more offensive tweets. In one since-yanked tweet from New Year’s Day 2010, he posted: “I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So … HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.”
“There are four Indian guys with mohawks in this one class and each one is a douche in his own awful way. I hate Mohawk Indians,” he tweeted on Dec. 9, 2009.
“Fire this dangerous bigot,” tweeted Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks on Thursday.
“This isn’t an intern. This is an editor,” added Congressman Lee Zeldin from Long Island. “Someone should walk over to his desk, tell him to pack up and walk him out.”
At the time of most of the objectionable tweets, Wright-Piersanti was working at the Star-Ledger in Newark. But he apparently had no love for some of his colleagues there.
“I am a ball of f–king rage. I HATE being talked down to by my peers. Fat, frog-looking bitch,” he tweeted in November 2010.
Wright-Piersanti’s Twitter page suggests he adores the word “douche,” which crops up more than a dozen times.
“He looks like a douche. His facebook page was totally open, I could have used a photo of him posing in front of a mirror like a girl,” he wrote on Feb. 18, 2011.
Wright-Piersanti joined the Times in 2014. But before he got there, he often blasted his future employer.
“What the NYTimes does is take your story, spice it up with a dash of *douche zest* and then a million people read it,” he tweeted on Oct. 13, 2010.
On Oct. 10, 2013, he was at it again, venting against a Times reporter who was dispatched to do a story from Montclair, NJ. “Maybe NYT was right to send a douche,” he tweeted before apparently quoting a line from an NYT story that offended him: “Montclair likes to think of itself as having more of a mix of races and classes than other suburbs.”
And on the Amish, he tweeted in August 2010, “I’m working on a tell-all expose of the Amish; calling it, ‘more like Pennsylvania Douche.’ ”
Breitbart, the far-right news service, dug up many of the offensive tweets and published them on Aug. 22, igniting the firestorm.
After they came to light, Wright-Piersanti began furiously deleting them and apologized.
“I have deleted tweets from a decade ago that are offensive. I am deeply sorry,” he tweeted Thursday morning.
He didn’t return an email from Media Ink seeking comment.
It’s not yet clear what action will befall him. A New York Times spokeswoman told The Post’s Jonathan Levine, who has been pursuing the story, “We are aware of these tweets, which are a clear violation of our standards. We are reviewing next steps.”