Democrat Strategist Wishes Death On Sen. Lindsey Graham After He Tests Positive For COVID

Democrat Strategist Wishes Death On Sen. Lindsey Graham After He Tests Positive For COVID

The political strategist leading the Rhode Island Democratic Party said she hopes Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham dies from COVID-19.

“It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend. #COVIDISNOTOVER #LINDSEYGRAHAM,” Kate Coyne-McCoy wrote on Monday night in a since-deleted tweet.

Graham, who is vaccinated, first announced that he tested positive on Monday. In the tweet, the South Carolina Republican said he “started having flu-like symptoms” on Saturday but only had “mild symptoms” as of Monday afternoon.

Graham has yet to issue a statement addressing the death wish, but after receiving backlash on social media, Coyne-McCoy removed her initial tweet and posted a follow-up statement on Tuesday claiming she “made a mistake.”

“I used poor judgement which I obviously regret,” Coyne-McCoy wrote.

The Rhode Island Democratic Party did not immediately return The Federalist’s request for comment or questions about whether Coyne-McCoy would continue her work with the party. The Rhode Island Republican Party, however, issued a public statement on behalf of its chair Sue Cienki calling for “the immediate resignation” of Coyne-McCoy because of her tweet.

“She is a malevolent partisan hack,” Cienki told the Boston Globe. “Is this the Rhode Island Democratic strategy — to hope a Republican dies?”

“Ms. Coyne-McCoy is a political strategist, as such every thing done in the political arena is calculated for political effect,” the state GOP also tweeted. “She works as a progressive Democrat strategist. Does this meet with their approval? Where is @RISpeaker @RIDemChair @SenatorRuggerio @GovDanMcKee?”

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Blake Filippi joined in the chorus of people chastising Coyne-McCoy on Twitter and called for her resignation.

“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,” he wrote.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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