The chief strategist of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Kate Coyne-McCoy was widely criticized after publishing a tweet attacking South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who revealed Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. The Democrat strategist posted a tweet hoping the Republican senator would die from the virus.
The Democrat deleted the tweet after receiving fierce backlash but it was saved by a Washington Free Beacon reporter.
“It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend. #CovidIsNotOver #Lindsey Graham,” Kate Coyne-McCoy tweeted.
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) August 3, 2021
Fox News reports:
Even at a time when the political divide in the country seems like it could not get any deeper, posts hinting at the death of a political opponent seem to cross an imaginary line of civility. But individuals who tweet out these posts have often weighed the risks and have determined that they play to their base.
In March, Rhode Island Public Radio called the hiring of Coyne-McCoy, a registered lobbyist, a “clear signal” that the state’s Democratic Party was intent on moving to the left. The report said that while she is not the party’s executive director, she “will be the person responsible for leading the party’s political efforts.”
When former President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last year, many Democrats seemed to put politics aside and sent the president well wishes. But some of his notable detractors seemed to view the infection as a political vulnerability during the 2020 election and used it to describe him as reckless.
Graham has been an advocate for the vaccines and received his jabs in December. He said during a visit this spring to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston that “the sooner we get everybody vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to normal.”