Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini may need to reread the book on proper apologies.
Earlier this week, she apologized for saying the state is racist during a previous meeting with Coffee County Democrats but in the same statement called Republicans in the state legislature bigots, misogynists and homophobes.
We don't see this as a positive move for the party that once prided itself on tolerance in ridding itself of its increasing intolerance.
The problem for Mancini began when she was discussing with Coffee County Democrats the candidates the party nominates and their potential electability.
"We have a little problem in this state," she said, according to Fox News, "and I'm just going to say it outright. This is a racist state." Allegedly, she then doubled down on the statement, referring to it as "a very racist state."
This is the same Mancini who, before the 2018 election, characterized those who voted for President Trump as "idiots" who "aren't listening" to other viewpoints.
Statements like that, we would guess, aren't conducive to enticing those voters to consider the Democratic Party anytime soon.
But the "racist" comment apparently alarmed those in her party, so she trotted out a statement, which was published in the Democrat-friendly Nashville Tennessean.
"In the heat and the frustration of seeing and hearing the constant drumbeat of bigotry, misogyny and homophobia coming from the Republicans at the state legislature," Mancini said in her statement, "I used a poor choice of words and vented my frustration and I apologize."
So, even though she was talking about the electability of Democrats and called the state "racist," her statement was caused by bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic Republicans in the legislature. Fascinating.
Were such a statement uttered by the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, we would expect him to resign. We hope she'll consider it.