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Oops: CNN’s Kaitlan Collins apologizes for using anti-gay slurs in tweets

The Log Cabin Republicans posted screen grabs of tweets this weekend originally posted by CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins. The tweets, which appeared in 2011, contain a stark anti-gay prejudice. Collins describes feeling uncomfortable around gay women, and uses the term “fag.”

Collins issued an apology within an hour of the Log Cabin Republicans posting the tweets. “When I was in college,” she wrote, “I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends. It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize.”

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Matt Dornic, CNN’s out-gay Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships, also issued a response. “I’m a proud gay man,” Dornic wrote. “And I am a proud friend of @kaitlancollins. Tho I’m disappointed that she ever used the word (even as an immature college kid), I can say with certainty it doesn’t reflect her feelings toward the LGBTQ community. She’s apologized and I accept that.”

Dornic’s tweet seems to indicate that CNN has forgiven Collins for her college indiscretion, a common occurrence this weekend in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court despite credible allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in high school and college. Collins, despite her offensive language in her youth, appears to have evolved. The Trump administration banned her from press events earlier this year after she asked a Trump a question about his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and Cohen’s role in alleged collusion with Russia to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election.