Article Called for John McCain to ‘Just... Die
A GOP official responded: ‘Amen.’
By Kristine Phillips
- A member of the Republican National Committee
in Nevada apologized after retweeting an article
that begged for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Orrock, a national committeewoman for the Nevada
GOP, shared a story headlined “Please Just F‑‑‑ing
Die Already.” In retweeting the piece, which was
published on Medium, Orrock wrote “Amen.”
hours after posting the now-deleted tweet,
Orrock apologized to McCain and to the Nevada
and national GOP, calling the ailing senator “an
American hero” — and her own post
article was published on Medium — and shared by
Orrock on Twitter — as McCain was recovering
from eye surgery.
The Washington Post was unable to reach Orrock,
she told CNN on
Monday, before she tweeted her apology, that she
wasn't calling for the 80-year-old senator's
death — just agreeing with the “sentiments”
in the article.
writer Caitlin Johnstone said McCain “can die a
proud, happy man.”
should,” Johnstone added. “Like, yesterday.”
Throughout the article, Johnstone did not mince
words. At all.
described McCain as a “murderous warmongering
neocon” and an “evil man” who has “supported
every US military bloodbath in his obscenely
you’re waiting for the part where I say I’m
just kidding and would never wish death on
anybody, please allow me to make myself
clear: I sincerely, genuinely hope that
Arizona Senator John McCain’s heart stops
beating, and that he is subsequently
declared dead by qualified medical
professionals very soon. I don’t wish him a
painful death, I don’t wish him a slow
death, I don’t wish him an unnatural or
violent death; I only wish that he becomes
incapable of facilitating the merciless
slaughter of any more human beings.
emphasized that she only wants McCain out of the
Senate, not harmed or dead.
are going to read things into things,” she told
Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan
Mahoney called Orrock's tweet “extremely
“Senator McCain is a hero who made countless
sacrifices on behalf of all Americans,” Mahoney
according to the Associated Press. “We
look forward to his speedy recovery so he can
return to the Senate and the work of the
to reach the Nevada GOP on Tuesday morning were
McCain's office announced
he'd undergone a procedure at the Mayo Clinic to
remove a blood clot above his left eye.
Dr. Philip D. Pulaski, a neurologist at
The Neurology Center, explains what Sen.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) faces as he
recovers from surgery after having a
blood clot removed from the area above
his left eye. (Ashleigh Joplin/The
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced
on the same day that
he would delay the vote on the Republican
health-care bill as McCain recovers. Two nights
later, the effort to repeal and replace the
Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as
Obamacare, suffered a major blow after two more
Senate Republicans declared
their opposition to
the latest version of the bill.
who told CNN that she doesn't agree with McCain
on foreign policy, has been a committeewoman for
the Nevada GOP since 2012. She ran for the 9th
District of the Nevada General Assembly in 2016,
but lost to the incumbent, David Gardner, in the
primary election. Gardner was later defeated by
Democratic candidate Steve Yeager.
the Las Vegas Review Journal last
year that she decided to run against Gardner
after he voted for a $1.5 billion tax package to
bolster education funding.
think a lot of politicians have lost sight of
what they're supposed to be doing. They're
supposed to be representative of the people who
elected them, not the lobbyists,” she said then,
adding: “If that wasn't a slap in the face of
the voters in Nevada I don't know what.”
also been a vocal supporter of President Trump.
October, after The Post broke the story about an
“Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump could be
heard making vulgar remarks about women, Orrock
said she wasn't offended by Trump's “goofy”
“We understand the context of that conversation
from 11 years ago for exactly what it was, two
guys talking, trying to outdo each other as to
who caught the bigger fish,”
she told the Boston Globe.
“And to think men don't talk that way about
women and women don't talk that way about men, I
tell you what, you're living in a very protected
world of unreality.”
also denounced a U.S. Senate candidate from
Nevada who decided to not support Trump because
of the “Access Hollywood” tape.
“I am no longer endorsing Joe Heck in the Senate
race,” Orrock said in October,
according to CNBC.
“How hypocritical of him to denounce Trump on
comments that were 12 years old and locker room
banter? By not endorsing Trump, he is supporting
she tweeted a
list of Republican politicians who opposed
Trump, calling for her social media followers to
vote them out of office.
Phillips is a general assignment reporter for
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