While Democrats were obsessing over potential violence from Trump supporters on Inauguration Day, leftist think tank vice president and New York Times contributor Will Wilkinson took to social media to call for the execution of former Vice President Mike Pence.
In a now-deleted tweet, Wilkinson, vice president for research at the Niskanen Center, claimed President Joe Biden should lynch the former vice president to achieve political unity in the country.
“If Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence,” Wilkinson said.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 21, 2021
Neither the Niskanen Center nor the New York Times responded to The Federalist’s questions about if Wilkinson’s comments affected his positions in their organizations.
While Wilkinson later returned to Twitter to explain the post, claiming it was “sharp sarcasm” and meant as a joke, the executive has a history of downplaying left-wing violence.
“Violently overrunning police to storm the seat of government during a joint session of Congress in a bid to overturn the result of a presidential election is categorically different from smashing the window of a Jamba Juice during a BLM protest. So f*cking stop it, right now,” Wilkinson wrote on Twitter the day after the riot at the Capitol.
Earlier last year, Wilkinson’s boss Jerry Taylor, president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, threatened the couple that brandished guns at protesters outside their St. Louis home, saying if he had been there, he would “beat their brains in.”
“If I were in that march, and these racist lunatics were waiving guns at me, I’d like to think I’d rush them and beat their brains in. And I wouldn’t apologize for it for one goddam second,” he wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
He also encouraged violence and attacks on the couple by members of Antifa.
“Yeah, excuse me if I root for #antifa to punch these idiots out. Guilty as charged. I know who’s side I’m on,” he said.