RI Democratic strategist under fire for tweet about Lindsey Graham testing positive for COVID


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island Democratic Party political strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy is facing criticism for a tweet about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham testing positive for COVID-19.

“It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid, right?” Coyne-McCoy posted on Twitter Monday night. “Asking for a friend. #CovidIsNotOver #LindseyGraham.”

Graham became the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Coyne-McCoy’s tweet has since been deleted and she later posted an apology.

“I made a mistake. I used poor judgement which I obviously regret,” the tweet read.

Rhode Island Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Cienki is calling for Coyne-McCoy’s immediate resignation over her post about Graham.

Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara told WPRO-AM the status of Coyne-McCoy will be reviewed and that “it was a purely stupid act.”

The South Carolina Republican said he “started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night” and went to the doctor Monday morning.

After being notified of his positive test, Graham said he would quarantine for 10 days.

“I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do not,” he wrote on Twitter.

In a statement to 12 News, Democratic House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi said he’s since spoken to Coyne-McCoy about the tweet.

“Kate Coyne-McCoy’s tweet from her personal account was offensive and it does not reflect my views or those of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. I have spoken to her and she is extremely remorseful, and I’m pleased she apologized.” 

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