BLM group steps up, blasts Dem who openly wished death on Lindsey Graham, calls for immediate resignation

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.”

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.”

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.”

“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.”

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.”

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:



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