Coleman Lamb, the spokesperson and brother of Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb, said the Republican running against his brother should “burn in hell and die.”
The inflammatory remarks were directed at Republican candidate Sean Parnell, who is running to represent the 17th district of Pennsylvania. The comments were deleted from Twitter but not before people took a screenshot and saved them.
From the Washington Examiner:
Saturday morning, Coleman Lamb retweeted another Twitter user who wrote to user @SeanStrnad, “Burn in hell and die.”
Within the retweet, the elder Lamb added, “Can add @SeanParnellUSA here.” The “Burn in hell and die” tweet was later deleted by the original user, but a screenshot of both tweets was preserved.
See the deleted tweet below:
What an embarrassing story from @julianrouth and the @PittsburghPG. @ColemanLamb left zero room for interpretation here. He was clearly advocating for the death of his brother's opponent. Sick. cc: @ConorLambPA pic.twitter.com/a1RItu7QMw
— Matt Wall (@WallWallme) July 20, 2020
Parnell responded to the tweet, calling it “disappointing” and criticized the Democratic campaign for stooping “so low.”
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“It is disappointing that Conor Lamb’s brother, a leader in his campaign, would stoop so low as to call for the death of a political opponent. It is distasteful and hateful rhetoric that has no place in political discourse,” Parnell said via the Washington Examiner.
He added: “In the spirit of today’s cancel culture, one would expect calls for Coleman Lamb’s immediate dismissal. However, I believe that everyone needs a little grace from time to time. As despicable as Coleman Lamb’s comments are, everyone makes mistakes, and I hope that Coleman Lamb, Conor Lamb, and their campaign team can learn from it.”
Andrew Brey, Parnell’s spokesman, said the tweet comes after financial filings revealed the Republican was outraising his opponent 2-to-1.
“The tweet comes on the heels of this week’s release of campaign finance data showing that Parnell outraised Lamb nearly 2-1 in the second quarter of 2020. Parnell raised over $717,000; Lamb raised only $441,393 during the same period,” he said via the report.
We are saddened and disappointed by Conor Lamb’s campaign manager wishing death on a decorated combat veteran.
Sean Parnell is an American hero and Conor’s silence on this statement shows us everything we need to know about today’s climate in politics. pic.twitter.com/QlksmiXhx1
— Allegheny GOP (@GOPAllegheny) July 19, 2020