Folk tweet raises eyebrows and gets his employer’s attention
By MetroNews Staff
A tweet Friday afternoon by Del. Mike Folk about soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has created a firestorm among Democrats calling for his resignation along with his employer looking into the comments.
Folk (R-Berkeley) tweeted Clinton “should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution… then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC.”
Folk is upset with the decision earlier this week by the FBI director and the Justice Dept. not to pursue charges against Clinton in connection with the controversy involving classified emails while she was secretary of state.
Folk told the Charleston Gazette-Mail Saturday his tweet was free speech. His employer, United Airlines for which he works as a commercial pilot, tweeted Saturday night, “We are appalled by comments advocating harm. They do not represent United & we are looking into the matter further.”
Several Democratic Party-based groups called for his resignation in a series of news releases Saturday. West Virginia Democratic Party Chair Belinda Biafore released the following statement:
“Not only are Delegate Folk’s words concerning, they are disturbing. The mention of hanging and implication of murder should never, ever be acceptable. To think that a person in a leadership position in our state can say these types of things is baffling and should not be tolerated. Folk’s actions should deem him as unfit to serve and Speaker Tim Armstead should take action if Folk doesn’t resign. It makes me very worrisome for the people of West Virginia that someone who can feel this type of hate and use this type of rhetoric is in any position of power.”