GOP Official Calls For “Another Kent State”

“One bullet stops a lot of thuggery,” tweets Dan Adamini in the wake of Berkeley demonstration against Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos.

A Republican Party official in northern Michigan has issued what amounts to a death threat against American college protesters, calling for “another Kent State” in the wake of protests at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired on unarmed Kent State University students protesting the U.S. incursion into Cambodia. Guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine, including one who was paralyzed for life.


Students dive to the ground May 4, 1970, as Ohio National Guardmen open fire on faculty and students at Kent State University who were protesting the U.S. incursion into Cambodia. Four students were killed and nine injured. Reuters

Dan Adamini, former chair and current secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, indicated that a single death might be sufficient to end student protests this time around.

“I’m thinking another Kent State might be the only solution protest stopped after only one death,” he posted on Facebook on Thursday. “They do it because they know there are no consequences yet.”Markov said he believes the arrest of the alleged spies will have little or no negative impact on the emerging friendship between the Russian and American leaders.

The comment ignited outrage. Adamini’s comments are “sickening, inhuman, and indefensible,” Brandon Dillon, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said in a statement. “There is no ambiguity or alternative interpretation. To call for ‘another Kent State’ and declare that ‘one bullet stops a lot of thuggery’ is to clearly and openly advocate for the murder of unarmed college students, simply because they don’t share his beliefs or point of view.” Dillon called for Adamini to apologize and resign from the GOP.

Doreen Takalo, a member of the Marquette County Republican Party, insisted to The Marquette Mining Journal, “We’ve always been a peaceful group,” adding that the “majority of us do not advocate for violence.” Takalo said she suspected Adamini hadn’t “meant it exactly the way he said it.”

“May 4, 1970, was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State University family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever,” the school said. “This abhorrent post is in poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still pains the Kent State community today.”



Adamini posted the comments after violent protests erupted Wednesday night on the Berkeley campus over a scheduled speech by ultra-conservative provocateur and white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos, 32. The Berkeley College Republicans had invited the Breitbart editor, who’s been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment, to address an audience of 500. About 1,500 people demonstrated, with some toppling light poles, starting fires and hurling objects at officers before the speech was canceled.

Though defending Yiannopoulos’ right to speak, Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, in a statement last week called him a “troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to ‘entertain,’ but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas.”

Several Republicans, including President Donald Trump, characterized the protests as a blow to freedom of speech. Trump hinted at cutting off Berkeley’s federal funding. Following the uproar over his comments, Adamini scrambled to walk back what he said.

“What I was trying to get across, apparently very poorly, is that the violence at the college campus in Berkeley was reminiscent of the violence on college campuses in the ’60s,” said Adamini, who hosts a local radio program, “In the Right Mind,” on WDMJ/WIAN. “I fear that if we cannot get a handle on the violence, we might see the same type of tragic end,” he told The Mining Journal.

“I was not calling for violence against the protesters. I was calling for a stop to the violence by the protesters.”

He said he has taken down his Facebook page because of “hateful” comments.

5 thoughts on “GOP Official Calls For “Another Kent State”

  1. If I recall correctly, the shooting dead of four students did not end the protest movement of that time. How does this fellow expect it to do anything more this time around?

    All that violence does is promote more violence. Nothing else is accomplished. Both sides need to keep this in mind.

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  2. This weasel says ‘Ooops! didn’t mean it’…or ‘just kidding’.

    What a jerk, encouraging domestic terrorism should be illegal

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  3. I think the violence is ‘in mind’ front and center. It is amazing and great that the millions of people who have taken time from their lives and marched and made their voices heard have been peaceful and non-violent.
    The anarchist groups that do break in and cause violence and vandalism WANT a violent overreaction from the police in order to radicalize the marchers. We have seen this during the Occupy era as well as in Berkeley the other night.
    Then there are whatever police or govt agencies that want to set agendas and may be motivated to try to control the media narrative, then use undercover operatives try to agitate for violence and mayhem. These operatives can , do, and have infiltrated posing as anarchists, and may try to do it again. Given that the politics today is even more polarized than ever, I expect it.
    And then there are a basic level of idiots with no agenda except to be idiots.
    That said, it is amazing that these many many protest marches have been so peaceful..and good for them.
    May it continue to be so.

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  4. Time to dust of ‘Ohio’ by CSN&Y. Start playing it for college kids and teach them WHY the song -still- matters.

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  5. Reblogged this on United States Hypocrisy and commented:
    Add to this bills being proposed in state’s like Indiana that, if they become law, will give police the power to stop protests “by any means necessary” including “costing lives”, and it’s clear that the right wing is feeling emboldened enough by the Trump presidency to try and steer the country into extreme fascism.

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