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An opinion writer for The New York Times has apologized after he wrote a threatening comment about former Vice President Mike Pence on social media.
“If Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence,” wrote Will Wilkinson.
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The following day, Wilkinson apologized for the tweet, calling it a “lapse in judgment.”
“Last night I made an error of judgment and tweeted this,” Wilkinson tweeted. “It was sharp sarcasm, but looked like a call for violence. That’s always wrong, even as a joke. It was especially wrong at a moment when unity and peace are so critical. I’m deeply sorry and vow not to repeat the mistake.”
“My ill-advised tweet was meant as a tart way to drive home the exasperating bad faith of those whose own divisive rhetoric and repetition of lies about election fraud facilitated the mob attack on the Capitol, where pro-Trump rioters built a noose and called for Pence’s head,” he added.
Wilkinson also lost his job as a vice president at the Niskanen Center, a DC-based think tank that dabbles in leftist causes.
“As an organization, the Niskanen Center encourages interesting and provocative online discourse,” the statement said. “However, we draw the line at statements that are, or can in any way be interpreted as condoning or promoting violence. As such, the Niskanen Center has, with a heavy heart, parted with Will Wilkinson. We thank him for his valuable contributions to the organization and wish him success in his future endeavors.”
It should be noted that Twitter allows people like Will Wilkinson to post inflammatory threats against lawmakers, but it will not allow President Trump to post messages about the greatness of America.
Last night I made an error of judgment and tweeted this. It was sharp sarcasm, but looked like a call for violence. That's always wrong, even as a joke. It was especially wrong at a moment when unity and peace are so critical. I'm deeply sorry and vow not to repeat the mistake. pic.twitter.com/cxL4Mo70c5— Will Wilkinson ? (@willwilkinson) January 21, 2021