RNC committee member tweets article calling for death of John McCain

Many would say that the tone of our political discourse in this country is, at minimum, discouraging.  When you add social media to the mix, it can become a toxic brew. Nonetheless,  a tweet sent out by a Republican National Committee member managed to show that, when you think things can only go so low, you’re wrong.

Political disagreements don’t just happen across party lines.  These fault lines also occur inside political parties.  Nevada Republican Diana Orrock retweeted an article that expressed a wish that Arizona Senator John McCain would die (McCain is currently recovering from a procedure to remove a blood clot).  The original tweet had the caption “Just F***ing Die Already”, along with a link to the article.  In her retweet, Orrock wrote “Amen @caitoz.”


Now, you might think that think this was some tongue-in-cheek article.  Clearly not.  But, don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what the article’s author wrote:

“If you’re waiting for the part where I say I’m just kidding and would never wish death on anybody, please allow me to make myself clear: I sincerely, genuinely hope that Arizona Senator John McCain’s heart stops beating, and that he is subsequently declared dead by qualified medical professionals very soon.”

Diana Orrock has since deleted the tweet.  She said that she did not wish for the literal death of McCain but agrees with the “sentiments” expressed by the author.  Orrock says that she just wants McCain out of the Senate.  However, using an article literally expressing a desire that someone die to convey that point, leaves one on wonder just where her “sentiments” lie.


Late Monday, after trying unsuccessfully to defend her position, Committeewoman Orrock issued an apology via Twitter.  It read. “My apologies to @SenJohnMcCain, @NVGOP & @GOP. Today’s retweet was disrespectful. Sen. McCain is an American hero. I don’t wish anyone harm.”

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