The Rhode Island chapter of Black Lives Matter is calling for one of the state’s senior Democratic Party strategists to resign following a tweet in which she expressed her wish for Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to die after testing positive for coronavirus.
On Monday, August 2, Graham informed that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is suffering from flu-like symptoms, Daily Mail reported.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” Graham said in a statement.
“I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms,’ he continued. ‘I will be quarantining for ten days.”
According to Fox News, the strategist, Kate Coyne-McCoy, came under criticism on Tuesday after her tweet wishing him ill “It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend. #COVIDISNOTOVER #LINDSEYGRAHAM.”
The tweet was met with fierce backlash. The BLM Rhode Island political action committee then replied in a tweet Tuesday, August 3, “In a time where many human lives have been lost to COVID-19 all across Rhode Island, this comment is extremely distasteful and insensitive.”
“Anything short of an immediate resignation, would signal that these types of comments are acceptable within the RI Democratic Party,” the three-tweet thread continued.
After receiving a slew of backlash for her tweet, by Tuesday morning, she tweeted: “I made a mistake. I used poor judgement which I obviously regret.”
In response to Coyne McCoy’s original tweet about Graham, the Rhode Island BLM PAC tweeted, “Regardless of political affiliation– the disregard for human life is unacceptable and should not be tolerated anywhere within any political party,”
“How can we trust someone with such blatant disregard for human life with the will of RI voters?” they added. “Anyone affiliated with the Democratic Party should be held to a higher standard, as @katecoynemccoy was hired to ‘modernize the party and position Democrats to win from the top to the bottom of the ballots.”
The statement concluded, “Anything short of an immediate resignation, would signal that these types of comments are acceptable within the RI Democratic Party.”
Joe McNamara, the chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, told radio host Gene Valicenti Tuesday morning that the party is ‘reviewing her contract.’
“The state Democratic party does not wish ill will on anyone and her statement does not reflect, in any way, the values of the Democratic Party. It was a stupid thing to do,” McNamara said.
“It’s a horrible thing to say,” he went on. “Especially in light of the fact that we have lost so many loved ones to this pandemic. It’s very, very hurtful.”
Republicans in the state, including Rhode Island Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki, also called for her “immediate resignation,” the Providence Journal reported.
Vaccinated people who have come into contact with COVID-positive people should be tested three to five days after exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.