Michigan Republican resigns after tweets about protesters

Protesters against a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on the University of California at Berkeley campus march on Telegraph Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. A small group of people with their faces covered broke windows, hurled fireworks at police officers and threw smoke bombs, prompting UC Berkeley officials to cancel Yiannopoulos's talk Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican has resigned after causing outrage by suggesting that protesters at University of California, Berkeley, should be shot.

Dan Adamini, secretary of the Marquette County GOP, told The Mining Journal of Marquette (http://bit.ly/2kSiN2P ) he stepped down so he isn’t “a distraction and a hindrance to the work of the party.”

Adamini last week tweeted: “Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”

In 1970, the Ohio National Guard fatally shot four Kent State students during Vietnam War protests.

Adamini said he was calling for an end to violence after last week’s student demonstration that stopped a speech by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. Protesters broke windows and tossed smoke bombs.

Kent State officials called Adamini’s posts “abhorrent.”

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