A top supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came under fire after sending a tweet on Wednesday that seemed to suggest lynching Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
According to reports and Screengrabs on Twitter, New York Entrepreneur and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino tweeted “[email protected] let the Grand Jury decide.”
Paladino was apparently giving his opinion on what Lynch should do concerning the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The suggestion to “let the Grand Jury decide,” was also in response to Lynch’s statement in late June in which the FBI announcement in which she said that she would accept the FBI’s recommendation
The message was quickly replaced by a message which read “@LorettaLynch let the Grand Jury decide,” but not before it drew swift condemnation.
Gideon Resnick, a journalist with the Daily Beast, sent this tweet detailing an explanation given to him by a spokesperson for Carl Paladino.
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 6, 2016
However, most Twitter respondents were not convinced.
— David Sanderson (@dsattheshore) July 6, 2016
— Frankenyank (@Frankenyank) July 6, 2016
@GideonResnick An awful lot of "accidental" tweets lately….
— Indy Tweet (@indy_tweeps) July 6, 2016
— Will (@UrbaneRogue) July 6, 2016
Paladino told CNN that it was all a big misunderstanding.
I intended to say to Lynch to send the FBI report to the grand jury to decide criminality which she is legally obligated to do,” Paladino said in an email. “I have never personally tweeted. We are novices. My assistant tried to send it directly to Loretta Lynch by adding ‘@Loretta Lynch.’ It was a well-intended mistake that the progressive press wants to take out of context.
A Tweet from Paladino’s Twitter account placed blame for the mistake on a new staffer.
I work for Carl, I’m new to twitter & tweeted what Carl asked but made mistake of adding Lynch. My bad,” the tweet read.
@wgrzMichael I work for Carl, I'm new to twitter & tweeted what Carl asked but made mistake of adding Lynch. My bad.
— Carl Paladino (@CarlPaladino) July 6, 2016
Paladino has drawn criticism for his language in the past. In April the businessman talked about exterminators get rid of government “racoons in the basement.” Racoon or “coon” can also be construed as a racist slur for African-Americans. Many believed that Paladino was referring to President Obama.
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