A Black Lives Matter Rhode Island PAC is demanding the immediate resignation of a Democratic Party strategist after she tweeted out that she hopes Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) dies from COVID-19.
Seasoned strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy tweeted out on Tuesday, “It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend. #COVIDISNOTOVER #LINDSEYGRAHAM.” She has since deleted the tweet and has apologized for it after finding herself in the middle of a political firestorm.
The BLM PAC called for her resignation and branded the tweet “extremely distasteful and insensitive.”
“Regardless of political affiliation, the disregard for human life is unacceptable and should not be tolerated anywhere within any political party,” the statement declared. “How can we trust someone with such blatant disregard for human life with the will of RI voters?” It concluded, “Anything short of an immediate resignation, would signal that these types of comments are acceptable within the RI Democratic Party.”
— Ian Donnis (@IanDon) August 3, 2021
Surprisingly, the PAC pointed Fox News to a tweet that Coyne-McCoy sent out in March of 2020 that was a response to a photo of former President Trump surrounded by his inner circle. The photo was originally sent out by Joe Lockhart, who is a CNN political analyst. He was attempting to show that no one was social distancing in the Oval Office.
“If our leaders don’t do it, we don’t really have to do it. It also shows GOP is only white men,” Lockhart noted at the time.
Coyne-McCoy responded on Twitter in the same vein she did with Lindsey Graham, “I am not proud of my gut reaction which is ‘I hope they all die.'”
“Wishing death on people is customary for the RI Democratic Party Chief Political Strategist Kate Coyne McCoy, as she made similar comments back in March of last year,” the BLM PAC told Fox News. “BLM RI PAC strongly urges RI Governor Dan McKee and House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi to call for her immediate resignation, as those views regardless of political affiliation should never be accepted.”
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Coyne-McCoy was blasted from both sides of the political aisle for the hateful message. Graham has been a huge promoter of COVID vaccinations. He was fully vaccinated in December and came down with a breakthrough case courtesy of the Delta Variant. He has mild symptoms and is quarantining for ten days after his diagnosis.
She later tweeted after deleting her initial message, “I made a mistake. I used poor judgement [sic] which I obviously regret.”
I made a mistake. I used poor judgement which I obviously regret.
— katecoynemccoy (@katecoynemccoy) August 3, 2021
Rhode Island Republicans were outraged over the incident. Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki and other GOP leaders called for Coyne-McCoy’s “immediate resignation” according to the Providence Journal.
“The far left’s hypocrisy demonstrated by Kate Coyne McCoy’s rhetoric represents the unacceptable hate and vitriol spewed routinely by Democrats today,” Cienki remarked. “This sort of double standard and inhumane speech will not be tolerated by voters.”
The far left’s hypocrisy demonstrated by @katecoynemccoy’s rhetoric represents the unacceptable hate and vitriol spewed routinely by Democrats today . This sort of double standard and inhumane speech will not be tolerated by voters.
— Sue Cienki (@rigopchairwoman) August 3, 2021
“If @rigopchairwoman or any RIGOP official were to say anything like this, I would immediately and publicly demand their resignation,” House Minority Leader Blake Filippi tweeted on Tuesday morning. “Hoping my Democratic House colleagues do the right thing here.”
If @rigopchairwoman or any RIGOP official were to say anything like this, I would immediately and publicly demand their resignation. Hoping my Democratic House colleagues do the right thing here. pic.twitter.com/yGtA7cil2i
— Rep. Blake Filippi (@Blake_Filippi) August 3, 2021
Democratic House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi called the original tweet “offensive” and said that “it does not reflect my views or those of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.”
Kate Coyne-McCoy’s tweet from her personal account was offensive and it does not reflect my views or those of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. I have spoken to her and she is extremely remorseful, and I’m pleased she apologized.
— Joe Shekarchi (@JoeShekarchi) August 3, 2021
The Providence Journal is asserting that “despite the firestorm, Coyne-McCoy’s prospects for riding out the blowback from the tweet appeared good.”
Coyne-McCoy found herself on the receiving end of massive backlash on social media for her tweet:
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) August 3, 2021
Kate Coyne-McCoy needs help and should be terminated from all public sector positions – call a friend Kate & get some help
— Here I Come (@HereICome19) August 3, 2021
Where is Kate Coyne-McCoy? I wanted to wish her the same sentiments as she did Sen. Graham; asking for a friend.
— VC36 (@VC__36) August 3, 2021
My deepest sympathy for Kate Coyne-McCoy, you are such a sad lady, who deeply needs help. Not only in your job, but in your personal life. John 3;16
— Bill (@Bill55613966) August 3, 2021
— Abell (@Abell_Larsen) August 3, 2021
“Death is the solution to all problems-no man , no problem “ Stalin. In RI Kate Coyne -McCOY feels the same way. @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @TuckerCarlson @GOPChairwoman @LindseyGrahamSC @[email protected] @PhilValenziano #Leadright #heelsonglovesoff
— Sue Cienki (@rigopchairwoman) August 3, 2021
Kate Coyne-McCoy just hit an all time low for evil women with a comment like that!!! She’s now in the same category as Nasty Nancy Pelosi!!!
— Ed Sousek (@ed_sousek) August 3, 2021
Looks like Kate Coyne-McCoy “cancelled” herself on Twitter after wishing Lindsay Graham ill-will. I can’t say the word or Twitter will flag me. BLM has turned against her as well. It’s not looking good for her political career.
— 🇺🇸LoveItOrLeaveIt🇺🇸 (@LoveItOrLeaveXX) August 4, 2021
Just another example of the intolerance of the “tolerant” left
— J patton (@jlp2004) August 3, 2021
— Are you serious?!! (@pamheg21) August 3, 2021
— Ted Donnelly (@irishted) August 3, 2021
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