Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was slammed over a tweet mourning slain gangland figure Omer Sadiq - which was later deleted.
The Nats minister offered his condolences to the murdered hood, 32, in a bizarre tweet hours after the savage knife attack in Glasgow on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Yousaf later wrote: “Dreadfully sad news. My thoughts are with the young man’s family, friends and local community.”
The post was later deleted - and the politician was sent scores of messages urging him to apologise amid a huge online backlash.
"...just like any other politician, actually."
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Mr Yousaf was responding to the incident that took place in his constituency, as the local MSP, and was not aware of the man who was fatally stabbed, or his background, when he initially posted.”
Fancy expecting a politician to look carefully at what he's saying to the voters!