In soccer and hockey, an “own goal” is when a player mistakenly puts the ball or puck into their team’s net, scoring a point for the other team. I think that’s what former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld did when he tweeted this in response to the embassy attacks in Egypt and Libya:
The attacks on our embassies & diplomats are a result of perceived American weakness. Mitt Romney is right to point that out.
And the punchline:
Actually, there were twelve terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad during George W. Bush’s tenure — the most of any president in history — and eight of those occurred while Donald Rumsfeld was in office.
To be fair to Rumsfeld, though, neither he nor President Bush are black or Democrats. So it’s totally different.