Todd Kincannon, former head of the South Carolina GOP, once again embarrassed his party on social media when he suggested in a series of Oct. 4 tweets that Americans with Ebola should be “humanely put down” and African villages touched by the disease should be “napalmed.”
Opining about the desperate state of affairs in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the war-ravaged West African countries hit hardest by the outbreak of the deadly virus, Kincannon tweeted, “The people of Africa are to blame for why it’s so shitty. They could stop eating each other and learn calculus at any time.”
Perhaps inspired by the fact that Texas was Ground Zero for a small Ebola outbreak in the U.S., Kincannon then dropped the name of Wendy Davis, 2014 Democratic candidate for Texas governor, who made a name for herself a year earlier with an 11-hour-long filibuster of a highly restrictive Texas abortion bill: “We should put Wendy Davis’ vagina in charge of the Ebola outbreak. It will kill all of them without mercy and go to Nordstrom’s afterwards.”
Because he offers up, via Twitter, crude and vicious commentary on virtually every major news story – and has even created some of his own – Kincannon remains very much in the public eye despite the fact that he no longer holds a leadership position in the GOP. He resigned as executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2010, after just three months in the position.
On Feb. 4, 2013, he wrote that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, “was a dangerous thug who needed to be put down like a rabid dog,” and that Martin, had he grown up, would have “suck[ed] … d---” “for drug money.”
On Jan. 20, 2014 he wrote, “In one limited way, I agree with Wendy Davis on abortion. The world would be a better place if she’d been aborted.” The next day, he described her as a “monumental w----” and, apropos of nothing, also tweeted: “Liberal gays: If y’all want me to bake a cake for you, holler. Promise there won’t be any pubes in it. But then y’all probably like that.”
On March 24, 2013, he tweeted to Iraq war veteran-turned-antiwar activist Mike Prysner, “Shame you didn’t come home in a body bag.”