Two words within one tweet from a New York state senator is all it took to set the internet ablaze on Tuesday.
In a now-deleted post, New York State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted that an aide within the state legislature, Candice Giove, should take her own life.
“Kill yourself!” Parker, who is a Democrat, tweeted to the Republican aide via USA Today reports.
According to the report, Giove accused the Democrat of misusing his governmental license plate after some users on the social media platform said government vehicles were blocking the entirety of a bike lane on 2nd Avenue.
“I got to the bottom of this. The placard is assigned to Senator Parker,” Giove wrote as a response to one user.
The Republican aide then said the plate did not match Parker’s car, contending the Democratic lawmaker was violating the use of the plate.
“However, the license plate # on the placard does not match the vehicle. So he either used it in another car or gave it to someone to use, both of which are not permitted,” Giove continued.
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According to USA Today, Parker then made the violent statement—stunning many people who witnessed the comment.
Giove, seemingly in disbelief, tweeted: “Did a Senator just write this to me?”
Parker later apologized and said he “used a poor choice of words.”
“I sincerely apologize. I used a poor choice of words. Suicide is a serious thing and should not be made light of,” Parker said in another tweet to Giove.
Some people who responded to the apologetic post expressed skepticism that it was genuinely made. Some others even called for Parker to resign.
And, from Democrat and Chronicle:
In response to the tweet Tuesday, one of Parker’s Republican colleagues said he shouldn’t be serving in office.
Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, Niagara County, said Parker “displayed reckless and damning behavior.”
“It is clear that Sen. Parker, who already has a history of violence and aggression, is in no state to serve as an elected official,” Ortt said in a statement.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, called Parker’s tweet “beyond the pale and beneath the state Senate.”
“This was reprehensible and it was wrong, and there can be no justification for it,” Flanagan said. “Ever.”
And, from USA Today:
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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, issued a statement Tuesday saying she was “disappointed” in Parker.
“I was disappointed in Senator Parker’s tweet,” Stewart-Cousins said. “Suicide is a serious issue and should not be joked about in this manner. I am glad that he has apologized.”
Tuesday’s tweet was not Parker’s first brush with controversy.
In 2010, he was convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief after damaging a camera belonging to a New York Post photographer who was assigned to take photos of him outside his Brooklyn home.