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Dan Adamini: Kent State Tweet Was Out of Line, Michigan Leader Admits

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In a May 4, 1970, file photo, Ohio National Guard moves in on rioting students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Four persons were killed and eleven wounded when National Guardsmen opened fire. (AP Photo, File)

By    |   Monday, 06 Feb 2017 03:29 PM

Dan Adamini, a Michigan county Republican leader, has apologized for a Twitter post suggesting there should be a "Kent State"-type crackdown in response to violent protests that occurred at the University of California, Berkeley last week.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Adamini, the secretary for the Marquette County Republican Party, posted a tweet Feb. 2 that said, "Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery."

Adamini was referring to the university cancelling the speech of conservative writer and activist Milo Yiannopoulous after protests against him speaking there Feb. 1 grew increasingly violent.

Adamini's Kent State reference in the tweet was to the May 1970 shooting death of four students at the university by Ohio National Guardsmen after a clash with students while protesting the bombing of Cambodia by the U.S. military.

The shooting deaths became rallying point for anti-war protesters during the remainder of the Vietnam War.

"I'm thinking that another Kent State might be the only solution...They do it because they know there are no consequences yet," Adamini wrote in a separate Facebook post, stated the Free Press.

Doreen Takalo, a member of the Marquette County Republican Party, told the Marquette Mining Journal that Adamini's comments were "unfortunate."

"The majority of us do not advocate for violence," Takalo said. "We've always been a peaceful group. I'm really sorry that this happened, and I understand people being upset."

Jason Chapman, chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party, called Adamini's post "irresponsible."

"It's highly irresponsible for an officer of the Marquette County Republican Party to suggest that authorities kill anyone," Chapman said, the Mining Journal reported.

Kent State University issued a statement Saturday calling out Adamini in response to the tweet.

"This abhorrent post is in poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still pains the Kent State community today," the statement said. "We invite the person who wrote this statement to tour our campus and our May 4 Visitors Center, which opened four years ago, to gain perspective on what happened 47 years ago and apply its meaning to the future."

Adamini, who also has a local conservative radio show, told the Free Press on Sunday that his comments were misinterpreted.

"It was stupid, it was poorly done," Adamini said of his posts. "But my goal was to stop the violence by protesters, not commit violence against protesters. The point I was trying to make, admittedly I did it very poorly ... was that the violence is really getting out of hand, and much like in the 1960s, the violence created an atmosphere where something terrible and tragic like Kent State could happen."

"I'd like to see the violence stop before we have a tragedy," he added.

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Dan Adamini, a Michigan county Republican leader, has apologized for a Twitter post suggesting there should be a "Kent State"-type crackdown in response to violent protests that occurred at the University of California, Berkeley last week.
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