CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins has apologized for homophobic tweets she posted during her college years.
The Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBTQ conservative group, dug up two of Collins’ tweets from 2011, when she was attending the University of Alabama. One of the offending messages included use of an anti-gay slur and the other showed Collins voicing discomfort at the thought of rooming with a lesbian.
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) October 7, 2018
Collins apologized on Twitter, saying she regretted her actions and that they are not reflective of how she feels.
When I was in college, 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.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 7, 2018
CNN Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships Matt Dornic, who was tagged in the Log Cabin Republican’s tweet and is openly gay, responded with support for his colleague.
I’m a proud gay man. 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.
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) October 7, 2018
Collins has worked for CNN since 2017, and before that was a writer for the conservative website The Daily Caller.
In July of this year, she was suspended from a White House press conference over questions about possible Russian collusion. She said she was banned due to the nature of her questions, whereas the White House claimed it was due to how she was asking them, claiming she was shouting them and refusing to leave.