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BLM PAC Calls For Dem Strategist Who Wished Sen. Graham Dead To Resign

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The Black Lives Matter branch in Rhode Island is calling on one of the state’s top Democratic Party strategists to resign after her tweet suggesting she hopes Republican Senator Lindsey Graham dies after testing positive for coronavirus.

‘In a time where many human lives have been lost to COVID-19 all across Rhode Island, this comment is extremely distasteful and insensitive,’ the BLM Rhode Island political action committee wrote in a tweet Tuesday.

‘Anything short of an immediate resignation, would signal that these types of comments are acceptable within the RI Democratic Party,’ it continued in the three-tweet thread.

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Kate Coyne-McCoy, a top Democratic consultant in Rhode Island, received a slew of backlash for her Monday tweet wishing ill of Senator Graham after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

‘It’s wrong to hope he dies from COVID right? Asking for a friend. #COVIDIsNotOver #LindseyGraham,’ Coyne-McCoy wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

By Tuesday morning she tweeted: ‘I made a mistake. I used poor judgement which I obviously regret.’

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‘Regardless of political affiliation– the disregard for human life is unacceptable and should not be tolerated anywhere within any political party,’ the Rhode Island BLM PAC tweeted in response to Coyne-McCoy’s original tweet about Graham.

‘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.’

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Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara also 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 continued. ‘Especially in light of the fact that we have lost so many loved ones to this pandemic. It’s very, very hurtful.’

Coyne-McCoy’s second tweet walking back on her original comments received swift condemnation on Twitter, as well.

Graham announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild flu-like symptoms.

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‘I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,’ Graham said in a statement.

He said he started having symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor Monday morning.

‘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.’

‘I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse,’ the Republican added.

Over the weekend, according to Politico and CNN, Graham attended a gathering on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s house boat ‘Almost Heaven’ with a ‘small group of senators.’

Manchin said Monday evening he has since tested negative for COVID – and said the boat gathering wasn’t a party.

‘There was no celebration, we’re just trying to keep people together and do things in a bipartisan way. That’s what we do,’ Manchin told The Huffington Post.

Later, as Manchin walked outside the Capitol, he was asked how many people attended the event.

The West Virginia senator replied ‘maybe, not quite,’ when asked if the number of attendees was a dozen.

He confirmed it was all senators on board.

‘If they want you to know who they are, they’ll tell you,’ Manchin said.

‘We were outside, OK? And everybody’s been vaccinated.’

He also said it lasted for ‘whatever it takes to eat a hamburger or two.’

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