United Airlines has grounded one of its pilots pending a full investigation into an online message that said Hillary Clinton should be "hung on the mall in Washington, DC." Michael Folk, who also serves in the WV state legislature made the comments this past Friday night.
In response, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump - the first and only grassroots movement against Trump - sprung into action demanding Delegate Folk be held accountable for his threats.
"United pilot and West Virginia Delegate Michael Folk's comments are outrageous, vulgar, treasonous, and have no place in our political discourse. We hereby call on Delegate Michael Folk to resign from his legislative office, and for the Republican Party and Donald Trump to stop hiding from this story and respond," said Jon Cooper, chair of the Coalition.
"I consider this to be a serious threat against Secretary Clinton and it should hopefully be investigated by the Secret Service field office in Charleston," Scott Dworkin, senior advisor to the coalition said. Dworkin served as a Bodyman to President Barack Obama in 2009. "In my experience this type of threat leads to serious consequences. Let's hope there is no special treatment for Folk just because he is an elected official."
The morning immediately following Folk's late night tweet the Democratic Coalition Against Trump mobilized its 20,000 supporters and implemented an aggressive boycott campaign against United. The coalition collected petition signatures online creating a frenzy on twitter, and quickly gained United's attention. United responded swiftly with the statement that Folk had "been removed from flying pending our investigation."
"We expect Trump and the Republican Party to call for Folk's resignation," said Nate Lerner the coalition's Executive Director. "It was very nice of him to apologize, but the damage is already done. We have supporters who have had to explain to their kids what hanging means. Any elected official that thinks that broadcasting out suggested acts of violence is ok has no place holding any elected office," Lerner said.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump serves as the home of the anti-Trump movement for Democrats and has chairs in all 50 states and D.C. The state chairs of the coalition include Democratic elected officials, party chairs, delegates, grassroots leaders and activists. In addition the Coalition runs Artists Against Trump which includes Award Winning Actor Danny Glover, Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead and Former Correspondent Aasif Mandvi and over 50 artists.
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The Democratic Coalition Against Trump is an arm of Keep America Great PAC, a grassroots coalition aimed at making sure that Donald Trump never becomes President. The petition can be found online at www.keepamericagreat.us
Contact: Nathan Lerner, Executive Director, Democratic Coalition Against Trump
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