James Taranto, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, tweeted tonight “I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.”
He later called it a “challenging” tweet, saying he meant he hoped they will be worthy of their boyfriends’ sacrifice.
The initial tweet led to a torrent of angry responses. Taranto’s tweet was called “disgraceful,” “detestable,” and the “stupidest of all time.”
Three men killed in the Aurora, Colo., massacre died when they shielded their girlfriends from the slaughter perpetrated by James Holmes.
Attempting to put his tweet in context, Taranto later wrote, “I hope America is worthy of the sacrifice of the soldiers who die defending it. Does anybody think that’s in bad taste?”