Marquette County Republican Party secretary and former Chair Dan Adamini just called for “another Kent State” as a potential solution towards dealing with protesting students, saying “one bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”
Adamini’s comments were made on both Facebook and Twitter. He’s since removed them, but screenshots of his remarks can be found below:
His Kent State comments refer to a mass killing back in 1970, in which dozens of Ohio National Guardsman fired on Kent State students who were peacefully protesting the invasion of Cambodia. Four students were killed and nine more were wounded – one of them was paralyzed for life.
The violent protesters Adamini was referring to were undoubtedly the protesters on the campus of UC Berkely, who resorted to violent protest tactics to halt the hate speech of Milo Yiannopoulous. A Berkely professor reported that Yiannopoulos had been planning on outing undocumented students attending the school, which Yiannopoulos has denied.
The Marquette County Republican Party tried to distance itself from Adamini’s comments, but has so far fallen short of outright condemning them.
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