MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - A Marquette County Republican’s now deleted social media posts, referencing violence against college campus protesters, are receiving national scrutiny.
Screenshots of social media posts taken by viewers.
Dan Adamini, the former chair and current secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, seemed to suggest 'another Kent State' as a solution for campus protests. Adamini wrote his posts on Facebook and Twitter after last week’s protest on the University of California-Berkley campus over an event featuring a conservative speaker.
Over the weekend, The Huffington Post and the New York Daily News ran online stories about Adamini’s comments.
Adamini says his posts were poorly worded and he didn’t intend to call for violence against protesters. On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students.
Adamini says he did not take calls on his weekly radio show Saturday morning. Adamini took down his show’s Facebook page after Saturday, and says he plans to activate the page again before his next show.
Adamini says he continues to receive death threats, mostly from people out of state.
For people who are criticizing but not threatening, the Republican says he is trying to respond to everyone and clarify what he says he was trying to say.
"those who are not threatening me, I've returned phone calls and I've returned emails and, although not everybody accepts the explanation or the apology, some have and once they've realized what I was trying to say and they realized that I just did it horribly they're not hostile anymore and that's what we need to get to," said Adamini. "We've got to stop the hostility and the hatred and I hope that eventually we can get there together."
Adamini says he has apologized for the tweet several times on several times on different platforms and that he was not speaking for the Marquette County Republican Party or anyone else.
Watch tonight’s TV6 News to hear more from Adamini.