Paladino: ‘Lynch’ Tweet a ‘mistake’


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Twitter account of Buffalo developer Carl Paladino appeared to urge the lynching of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is black, in the wake of the decision not to file federal charges against Hillary Clinton.

But Paladino says there were no bad intentions when the Tweet was sent out, and that it was nothing more than a mistake.

The Tweet, which appeared at 11 a.m. Wednesday, looked like this: “Lynch @Lorettalynch let a Grand Jury decide.”

It quickly sparked an outcry before it was deleted a short time later. It was replaced and the first word, Lynch, was removed.

Paladino, who, by Twitter standards doesn’t Tweet that often, said his assistant Jackie O’Bannon, made the mistake.

Paladino said he asked her to Tweet the phrase: “Lynch let a grand jury decide.”

He said his assistant added Lynch’s Twitter handle, which made it appear like he was saying the attorney general should be lynched.

He said that was never the case.

“There was no bad intent there,” he said. “It was a mistake, and that was it. It was a mistake.”

Paladino said he’ll be focusing his efforts on Cleveland in the coming weeks in advance of the Republican National Convention. He’s one of several Republican delegates, who threw his support behind frontrunner Donald Trump early in the campaign.

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