Texas College Republican Calls Assassinating Obama “Tempting”

The same day authorities arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the leader of the University of Texas College Republicans tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.”

Lauren Pierce authored the offending tweet and quickly backtrack calling it a “joke.” She should have stopped talking right there, but didn’t. In an interview with ABC News she continued that an attempted assassination would “only make the situation worse.”

The rest of the College Republican leadership doubled-down on the remark. Vice President Cassie Wright said “I don’t really see anything wrong with it.”

This is the future of the Republican party right here. For them, assassination comments, in the wake of an arrest, are simply “jokes.” No one expects collegiate Republicans to get behind the Obama administration, nor is anyone asking them to be quiet in their criticism of his policies. But, when Rep. Gabby Giffords is still recovering from taking a bullet to the head, and when shots are fired at the White House is this the kind of atmosphere the University of Texas wants to foster in it’s rising political stars?


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Chris M.
Chris M.4 years ago

Anyone who even imagines killing someone else for any reason should perhaps try also imagining what they would feel like if someone else proposed killing them. Do as you would be done by, even in thought. Or perhaps Judge not lest ye be judged. Putting compassion first is quite a difficult road to travel, but so much more rewarding.

Russell R.
Russell R4 years ago

White House, the leader of the University of Texas College Republicans tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.” I call it Treasonable remark!

The assassination of the leader of the University of Texas College Republicans (Racist) is a “tempting” idea. Assassination seems to be seems to be the republicans way of getting control.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

EVERYBODY knows that. What's your point? I would never use stupid words like that. I
couldn't hijack a head of lettuce. I don't know anything about bombs, that's for our military. All
I know is when I dress up I'm the bomb. All I know is whenever you KKK crazies yell
JESUS, GOD, ANTI-CHRIST or FANTASIZE somebody's gonna be up to no good. The religious freaks are always up to no good. Ya Mark, I'm the GOVERNMENT, The GOVERNMENT is ME. I'm MY OWN BOSS.

Dan C.
Dan Cas5 years ago

Michael M. As repugnant as some of the statements and actions of people are, I hope we can not fall back into the "hate for a just cause" syndrome, which is just as effective at keeping US apart and not working together as "regular" hate. We are much more similar than different and we should see OWS as an example of how things can change if we drop our hate and work together for the good of the whole nation.

Dan C.
Dan Cas5 years ago

Mark S. We are the government's boss, so it is circular! ;-) The ideal I think we are working towards is direct democracy, but until then, we have our representative form, which has got US here, even if some of the more "patriotic" would seem to rather have someone who acts like a Napoleon, like the Newt! ;-)

Mark Stevenson
Mark S5 years ago

Freedom of speech has limitations, as if you use curse words in public, you can be arrested and/or fined. And you cannot say, "Hijack" or "Bomb" at an airport without the possibility of being detained and questioned. Sure, you can say anything you want, but some things you say can have legal consequences. I am nobody's boss. The government is our boss.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Really, freedom of speech has LIMITATIONS? And what would those be? Exactly how do WE
run this country? I wasn't aware that YOU were running it. I know I'm not. How are YOU running it anyway? Who died and made you my BOSS?

Dan C.
Dan Cas5 years ago

Mark S., I totally agree, freedom of speech has limitations. It is amazing to me that people who are so damn sure they are the best patriots are so ignorant of how we run this country! I mean if you don't understand the principle of voting vs. killing people, then what do you really stand for (not the personal "you", of course)?

Thomas Liddle
Thomas Liddle5 years ago

Prescott Bush had his assets frozen during WWII for trading with the nazis. There were plenty of fascist sympathisers in America. Henry Ford for example, was a fascist, and donated money to the nazis. Fifty years later, there's one good president in the ground and still nobody can say why, mostly because no one knows who Oswald was working for.

From the "Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives", 1979:

"The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. "

"The committee believes, on the basis of the circumstantial evidence available to it, that there is a likelihood that James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King as a result of a conspiracy."

United States National Archives. 1979.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

The south is full of ignorant KKK former slave owners who hung black people til the 60s for
entertainment. They're not certain they lost the war of 1865. We should fence them off.
Real Americans don't have fantasies about murdering our President. These people are an embarrassment to real Americans. They are causing us to be a laughing stock of the world.