Michigan Republicans — February 3, 2017

UPDATED x2: Northern Michigan Republican calls for “another Kent State” to deal with campus protesters

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On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired on students, killing four of them and wounding nine, one of whom was paralyzed for life. The crime for which they were murdered was, for some of them, peacefully protesting the invasion of Cambodia. For others it was simply being near the protest. 29 of the 77 guardsmen present confessed to firing on the unarmed students they were trying to disperse. This tragedy is a inarguable stain on our nation’s history and a President’s Commission on Campus Unrest called the shooting deaths “unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”

Yesterday, Marquette County Republican Party secretary and former Chair Dan Adamini thought it would be hilarious to call for “another Kent state” to quell a protest that occurred on the campus of UC Berkeley where Breitbart writer and senior editor Milo Yiannopoulous was scheduled to speak.

On Facebook, Adamini wrote, “The violent protests at our universities certainly indicates Portage acacian at the lower level. I’m thinking another Kent State might be the only solution protest stopped after only one death. They do it because they know there are no consequences yet.”

I’m completely baffled as to what “Portage acacian” references. If you know what this means, please let me know. Turns out “Portage acacian” means “poor education” according to Adamini.

He also tweeted under his handle @DanAdamini, “Violent protesters who shut down free speech?Time for another Kent State perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”

Adamini, who runs a radio show called “In the Right Mind” and has since deleted the Facebook post and the tweet, claims it was all just a poorly worded attempt at calling for an end to the campus protests. This is a blatant lie, of course. There’s no way you can misinterpret what he was saying. It wasn’t subtle. If he was calling to end to protests before someone gets hurt, he could simply have said that. Instead he believes “another Kent State might be the only solution” and that it’s “time for another Kent State perhaps.”

Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, agrees:

The statements made yesterday on social media by Dan Adamini are sickening, inhuman, and indefensible. 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. Mr. Adamini should immediately apologize and then resign from any public or political party positions he holds. His words should be condemned and any association with him disavowed. The right to free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy, and when someone threatens another individual or group with harm for exercising it, that one person is a threat to all of us, as Americans.

Adamini is the same guy, by the way, who recently tweeted that Congressman John Lewis’s statement that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president is due to “too many blows to the Head during protests”:

This man is disgusting. He thinks because he’s in rural Northern Michigan he can get away for calling for shooting protesting students and smearing a civil rights hero and icon. He probably also feels that he doesn’t have to be “politically correct” anymore with Donald Trump as president. The fact is that he is NOT getting away with it and he’s getting exactly the sort of grief for it that he deserves.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Marquette County Republican Party responds to this call for the murder of protesting students. Given that County Party Chair Brendan Biolo thinks Facebook should be “outlawed”, I can’t begin to imagine what he will do.

If I were in charge of the Michigan Republican Party, I would relieve Adamini of his leadership position and revoke his membership in the MRP. But, then again, I have strong American values and a firm moral compass.

We’ll be watching the MRP to see if they do, as well.

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this, I received the following statement from the Chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party:

Official Statement: In response to Mr. Dan Adamini, Secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party:

The statements made by Mr. Dan Adamini are highly irresponsible as a leader in the community, current officer, and former chair of the Marquette County Republican Party. To insinuate another Kent State Massacre needs to take place in this country to quell protests is disgusting and inhumane. I remind all of you that the Kent State Massacre took the lives of 4 people, injured 9 others, and resulted in 1 person suffering paralysis. No person has ever been brought to justice for these murders. The statements made by Mr. Dan Adamini were clear after checking both of his social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). It’s with profound sorrow that I believe he meant what he said. The Marquette County Democratic Party encourages and participates in PEACEFUL protests across the region and believes that it is our 1st Amendment right. I do not believe violence is ever the answer and should never be a solution to any peaceful protest or problem. I hope that with some deep introspection and prayer that Mr. Dan Adamini will realize the faults in his words and thoughts and accept LOVE into his heart.

Jason Chapman Chair, Marquette County Democratic Party

Also, the Marquette County Republican Party posted this on their Facebook page, basically holding themselves harmless for the hideous comments of their Secretary, a person like myself who is an officer in their party:

What the hell, let’s get this asshole fired:

  • Glenn Ikens

    Do we need any further evidence that the Republican Party is as unhinged as the president they just elected?

    • lisa

      But what do we do with all our evidence?

    • paperpushermj

      I guess you missed this:
      ” UPDATE: Shortly after posting this, I received the following statement from the Chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party:

      Official Statement: In response to Mr. Dan Adamini, Secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party:

      The statements made by Mr. Dan Adamini are highly irresponsible as a leader in the community, current officer, and former chair of the Marquette County Republican Party. To insinuate another Kent State Massacre needs to take place in this country to quell protests is disgusting and inhumane. I remind all of you that the Kent State Massacre took the lives of 4 people, injured 9 others, and resulted in 1 person suffering paralysis. No person has ever been brought to justice for these murders. The statements made by Mr. Dan Adamini were clear after checking both of his social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). It’s with profound sorrow that I believe he meant what he said. The Marquette County Democratic Party encourages and participates in PEACEFUL protests across the region and believes that it is our 1st Amendment right. I do not believe violence is ever the answer and should never be a solution to any peaceful protest or problem. I hope that with some deep introspection and prayer that Mr. Dan Adamini will realize the faults in his words and thoughts and accept LOVE into his heart.

      Jason Chapman Chair, Marquette County Democratic Party

  • Chester Marx

    Pure Michigan. The protesters are a group known as the antifa. There are pretty easy to pick out with the all black and the balaclavas covering the face. Ugly sentiments from the yooper, tho.

  • ofladrt

    And I thought all tweets disappeared into the twitterverse. It’s hard to delete a screenshot.

  • Barbara

    What a remarkably disgusting individual this adamini is! SICK SICK people out there…

  • Dave_in_Northridge

    Holy @#$%, Chris. WAY unhinged. I didn’t realize your Republicans were as loony as the Wisconsin crew.

  • Keri Masse

    With deep reflection and prayer? Wtf, I am tired if these people doing terrible things and getting away with it because they speak to an imaginary friend and he forgave him. Just own your mistakes and change your actions then people will have real evidence that your not a total scumbag incapable of enlightenment.

  • Lynn Ochberg

    Chris, not only do you have a strong moral compass, I am also thankful that you have a great deal of moral courage, an even more wonderful commodity.

  • Jason

    Let’s just point another worrying thing out here… Marquette’s REPUBLICAN CHAIR Biolo Thinks FACEBOOK should be OUTLAWED!!!!

    • 4everGoBlue

      I had Biolo for Social Studies at Superior Central and when I switched high schools they had me repeat the class after I explained how terrible it was. We literally spent weeks on 1) Tracing maps of Marquette 2) The History of the Gun 3) The JKF assassination and alllll the conspiracy theories behind it.

  • jeanmck

    How do we get this guy out of office?

  • liamthelemming

    One bullet stops a politician, too, but I would never suggest “perhaps it’s time for another Lee Harvey Oswald”. Such thinking is abhorrent.

    And the people thinking such things are equally abhorrent.

  • deeltee

    Threats like this are an act of terror under the Homeland security laws. Why has he not been arrested? By the way, I am with Richard Reich, campus protested do not show up all wearing hoods. (Beginning of the black shirts?) Highly likely this was a staged event. Republicans are making our society very nasty.. in their own corrupt image.

  • ceefee

    Ok. So the powers that be decide that shooting protesters is the way to go. A bunch of left wing radicals dressed in black and wearing ski masks starts breaking windows. Maybe rolling over golf carts and setting them on fire. Pretty soon, they’re all dead or maimed. The ski masks come off, and then everyone finds out that the folks in the ski masks were really white nationalists trying to stir the pot. Still, it’s all a tragedy. Lives are lost, famlies are grief-stricken–and probably angry. Maybe even willing to seek revenge on lefties for starting trouble. Embarrassing, huh.

    • GBALL1945

      What is your comment about and what proof do you have that these protesters were breaking windows, turning over golf carts and setting them on fire? You have totally lost me.

      • ceefee

        I was just setting up a hypothetical scenario. See above. The “protesters” at Berkeley broke windows and set some sort of small vehicle on fire.

    • judyms9

      How can we be sure they were left wing radicals and not plants from the right?

      • ceefee

        That’s exactly my point. I think there’s a reasonable chance that they are black bloc anarchists.

        • PadThai2

          Or they wear black to protect themselves from the Dan Adaminis of the world. Milo Yimmalangadingdong has a history of outing protesters and encouraging his fans to go and threaten them. Wearing black and masking up makes it harder to do this.

  • I’m actually not sure why he isn’t in jail.. Or rather, if I said ‘we need another political assassination like we had in the 60’s, to deal with the Republicans thuggery’, who do you suppose would be knocking on my door shortly after?…

  • Steve

    The protest he is referring to in Berkeley had right wingers acting as protestors. Likely Brietbart operative from Bannons, Trump’s over lord. Brannon is a Alt Right Nazi sympathizer and supports white supremacy and has for years.

  • Grew Up in Akron

    Violence is never the answer, and the fact that this GOP official calls for violence shows how unfit he is to hold any kind of position of power or authority. The fact that he cites the massacre at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, as an example of using violence as a viable solution to quell protestors shows how ignorant of history and devoid of moral fiber he truly is. What happened at Kent State that fateful day was a national tragedy. Four students were murdered and nine were wounded by National Guard during an anti-war protest on campus. An investigation into the matter ruled that she shootings were “unjustified, unwarranted and inexcusable.” As a result of the shootings, the largest student strike in history took place on college campuses around the country. The 13 seconds of gunfire on Kent State’s campus that slaughtered innocent students, shut down Kent State’s campus, traumatized the entire campus community, and shocked the word should not be held up as an example of something to be repeated. It should be studied as a lesson of what should never occur again.

  • Jill Ungar

    remove him from office. he no longer represents anyone but himself – and the handful of reps who agree need to be removed as well.

  • Tami Hottes

    Why does he still have a job???

  • Biologyteacher100

    I was a student on a nearby campus when the Kent State shootings occured. Several of the victims were students far removed from the protest who were simply walking to class. The National Guard who did the shooting should have never been called to campus and they should not have loaded their guns.

  • Donna Gordon

    I was at Berkeley during the Free Speech Protests. Many of those involved were outsiders, but most were students. The point being at what point did this protest cease being non-violent? I’m for non violent protests, but outside agitators are trouble-makers. I wish we knew who exactly were the people who lit the fires and smashed windows. Free Speech Movement didn’t have any of that.

  • The Brutal Truth

    I agree. He NEEDS to be fired. Here is his full info:

    For anyone wishing to contact either him, his employer, or his radio show directly, here is information readily available from Google:

    Information on Daniel Adamini:
    Home address as of Feb 13, 2013:

    59 White Oak Drive
    Marquette Michigan 49885-9450
    (906)225-0045

    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Adamini_v_Kivela_458966_7.pdf
    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Dan-J-Adamini/Marquette-MI/4g20m6b

    Employment:

    AAA Marquette
    3929 US Highway 41 W
    Ste 12 & 13
    Marquette MI 49885
    Direct: (906)255-9758
    His Boss: (906)255-6750

    https://michigan.aaa.com/Branches/Agent.aspx?cid=Agent_dan.adamini
    (This site has a picture of him.)

    He is also listed as a Financial Advisor for Bankers Life and Casualty
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/southernsense/2016/09/13/are-we-in-our-right-mind-dan-adamini–steve-hilton-crowdpac

    His radio show:
    In The Right Mind (ironic title)
    906-225-1313
    http://wkqsfm.com/in-the-right-mind-dan-adamini/
    (The station listing this has disassociated themselves from this this “man”)

    It appears radio stations are giving his show him the axe:
    http://wnmufm.org/term/dan-adamini#stream/0
    http://foxsportsmarquette.com/in-the-right-mind-with-dan-adamini-on-105-1-fox-sports-marquette
    His blogpost lamenting how violent the left is:
    http://intherightmindofdanadamini.tumblr.com/

  • Beryl Striewski

    Republicans have NO MORAL compass! please, please prove me wrong!!

  • Abril

    This man needs to be fired. Right now.

  • Hugo Teaz

    Contact the Marquette County Republican Party to demand they fire Dan Adamini:

    [email protected]
    https://www.mqtgop.org/contact-us/
    P.O. Box 872, Marquette, MI 49855

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