The state board of Texas College Republicans have called for the resignation of their state secretary after she posted a tweet calling the assassination of Obama “tempting.”
The tweet comes after a 21-year-old Idaho man allegedly fired a semi-automatic weapon at the White House today. Two bullets hit the White House, and one cracked Obama’s bedroom window.
At 2:29 this afternoon, Lauren Pierce – a UT student that has served as secretary of statewide TCR since March, and as president of UT’s CR organization since May – tweeted, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”
A press release sent out by Texas College Republicans Communications Director John Chapman, reported the call for her resignation – from both secretary of TCR and president of UT CR.
“CR respects the sanctity of human life, and although we may disagree politically with President Obama, our organization respects President Obama and the position he holds as our Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief. Our organization also realizes that calls for violence are the never the solution for any disagreement, political or otherwise,” the release said.
The tweet has been picked up by major news organizations, including ABC News, which contacted Pierce for a comment. They reported that, while giggling, Pierce said it was a “joke” and that an assassination attempt would “only make the situation worse.”
A few hours later, Pierce removed the tweet and posted an apology.
This is the second call for the resignation of a state officer for Texas College Republicans this year. Former Texas College Republicans President Charlie McCaslin resigned in March after a disparaging YouTube video was posted of him giving a derogatory speech at a TCR function.
When asked whether TCR would be commenting on the pattern, Chapman said the organization is “not officially commenting on that subject.”
Texas College Democrats released a statement on the incident, saying while they were “accustomed to College Republicans supporting politicians who oppose students’ right to vote, and cut financial aid and loans to students, this level of disrespect to any elected official is unexpected and appalling.”
TCD encouraged Pierce to resign from both of her positions in TCR, and said, “UT College Republicans should look to their counterparts, the University Democrats, for guidance in how to participate positively in the political process.”