In an email, [Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob] FitzSimmonds said he thought the word he used had the same meaning as “twaddle,” which is defined as foolish speech. “The minute I found out my error, I deleted the post and apologized,” he told Pilot on Politics. “I don’t use that kind of language.” “Also to be clear,” he added, “my post was not about Barbara Comstock. It was relating to the sexist stereotypes being used by the woman posting.”
Update from a reader:
I am not inclined to come to the defense of the GOP, but even Robert Browning made the exact same mistake in one of his major poems, Pippa Passes.