The Rhode Island Democratic Party chief strategist who tweeted about Senator Lindsey Graham’s diagnosis of COVID-19 was disrespectful, her apology insufficient and she should resign her post, the state’s Democratic Women’s Caucus said in a statement released on Friday.
Kate Coyne-McCoy, the strategist, came under fire last week after taking to Twitter shortly after Graham announced he had the virus and posted: ‘It’s wrong to hope that he’s dying of Covid, right? Ask a friend. #COVIDISNOTOVER #LINDSEYGRAHAM. “
The tweet met with fierce backlash and was subsequently deleted. She tweeted: “I made a mistake. I displayed poor judgment which I obviously regret.”
The Boston Globe reported that the caucus split from the state Democratic Party in 2019. The report noted that the women’s caucus mentioned that Coyne-McCoy was hired in March to, in part, train candidates before the crucial elections of 2022.
“This kind of dialogue and this kind of values do not belong to the Democratic Party, or to any party,” the statement read. The statement called Coyne-McCoy’s post a “hypocritical” “right-wing criticism” and said the right “must work against the efforts of its own side to bring violence and death to the country via the insurgency, anti-vaxx plots and mandate to mask bans implemented against CDC health guidelines. ”
The state Democratic Party did not immediately respond to an out-of-hours email from Fox News.
The tweet was the subject of much criticism, especially from the Black Lives Matter Rhode Island PAC who called for his immediate resignation. The group alerted Fox News to a tweet it sent in March 2020 in response to a photo of then-President Trump surrounded by his entourage.
Coyne-McCoy replied to his message, “I’m not proud of my gut reaction which is, ‘I hope they all die.’
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The BLM RI PAC said it “strongly urges RI Governor Dan McKee and House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi to call for his immediate resignation because of these views regardless of their political affiliation.”
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