Melania Trump aide: Candidate's remark on first lady 'disturbing and despicable'
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An aide to Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE fired back Wednesday at an Oregon congressional candidate who tweeted an insult at the first lady.

Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Glamour magazine that independent candidate Mark Roberts's Monday remarks calling Trump a "hoe bag" represented the "hypocritical intolerance" of the Trump administration's political enemies.

“This is just more hypocritical intolerance from those who oppose her husband’s administration. To say such ugly words about a mother, wife and our First Lady is not just a pathetic attempt at getting himself in the news, it is disturbing and despicable," Grisham said.

Roberts came under heavy criticism from Republicans this week after he tweeted that Trump "works by the hour," adding the hashtag "#hoebag." He has refused to apologize amid the criticism.

The tweet drew fire from prominent conservatives including Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Bret Stephens: Would love to see Hannity react when Dem declares climate change emergency Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R-Calif.), who called on Twitter to ban Roberts from the platform.


“This attack on @FLOTUS is disgraceful,” McCarthy said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Comments like these have no business on any platform," he added, tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the tweet. "This account should be banned ASAP.”

Roberts identifies himself as an independent conservative candidate on his on his website detailing his bid for Oregon's 2nd congressional district currently held by Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenFormer Ryan aide moves to K street Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Lawmakers pay tribute to John Dingell's legacy on health care | White House denies officials are sabotaging ObamaCare | FDA wants meeting with Juul, Altria execs on youth vaping House members hint at bipartisan net neutrality bill MORE (R).

Walden will face Roberts and Democratic nominee Jamie McLeod-Skinner in November after previously winning the district by more than 40 points in 2016. The Cook Partisan Voter Index rates the district as safely Republican district.