In 1970, the Ohio National Guard fired shots into a crowd of students who were protesting against President Nixon. It is now known as the Kent State Massacre, and one Republican is advocating for a repeat.
Earlier this week, over a thousand protesters showed up to voice opposition to Milo Yiannopoulos, a leader in the alt-right movement that includes Nazis and other white supremacists.
The speech was going to take place on the University of California-Berkeley campus.
The protest was peaceful until 100 masked men joined the crowd and began rioting. The protest got out of control and U.C. Berkeley chose to cancel the speech.
Conservatives across the country immediately threw a hissy fit, including Donald Trump, who attacked the protesters as thugs.
Dan Adamini, who serves as Secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party in Michigan, also whined about the protests and his solution is nothing short of what tyrants do.
Adamini suggested on his Facebook page that the National Guard should be called up to confront and kill protesters on college campuses in order to end protests.
“The violent protests at our university certainly indicate Portage acacian at the lower level. I’m thinking another Kent State might be the only solution protest stopped after only one death. They do it because they know there are no consequences yet.”
Four students were shot and killed during the Kent State Massacre.
But that apparently doesn’t matter to Adamini, who doubled down on his suggestion on Twitter.
“Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State perhaps, One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”
Here are screenshots of the posts taken by the Michigan democratic Party. Adamini deleted the originals.
Adamini claims that his post was only meant to stop violent protests and said his messages were “poorly worded.”
“Taking a lot of heat for a very poorly worded tweet yesterday. Sorry folks, the intent was to try to stop the violence, not encourage more.”
The Michigan Democratic Party called Adamini out on his bullshit and condemned the posts.
“His words should be condemned and any association with him disavowed,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement. “The right to free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy, and when someone threatens another individual or group with harm for exercising it, that one person is a threat to all of us, as Americans.”
Indeed, we have the right to protest in this country, and at a time when Trump and Republicans are whining about protests and devising ways to ban protests, the suggestion that the National Guard should be called out to kill protesters is especially frightening.
But rather than disperse and prevent protests, shooting protesters will actually just trigger more and bigger protests across the country. That’s precisely what happened after Kent State and it was a noose around Nixon’s neck for the rest of his presidency until he resigned in disgrace.
Adamini’s words should likewise spur more vigorous protest against Donald Trump, because it’s clear that it’s working if Republicans are resorting to threats in a desperate attempt to quell dissent and criticism.
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