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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