A United Airlines pilot has suggested via Twitter that Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason. First Officer Michael Folk serves part-time in the West Virginia House of Delegates and part time flying for United Airlines as a First Officer. Folk’s remarks have been met with fierce condemnation from many, including United, and he has now backtracked, claiming his tweet was “clearly hyperbole”.
His first tweet stated–
@HillaryClinton You should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution… then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC.
That caused an immediate stir, but he initially doubled-down on his comments, adding these two tweets–
Sorry, I don’t mince words… read this story & watch this video & maybe you’ll understand.
That tweet included a link to a video about the Clinton e-mail controversy.
The following morning he tweeted–
“Hillary supporters coming out of the woodwork this morning…”
But then he had an “epiphany”.
Many Twitter users quickly brought the tweet to the attention of United, which responded, “We are appalled by comments advocating harm to any person. They do not represent United Airlines and we are looking into the matter further.”
After reading that, Folk deleted the controversial tweets and made his Twitter account private.
He has now gone on CNN to claim he did not really mean that Hillary should be hanged…but still believes that she is guilty of treason (for which conviction carriers the death penalty).
But United has issued another statement–
This pilot has been removed from his schedule and is not flying pending our investigation. We are appalled by his threatening comments.
So here’s an interesting legal question that merits another post — what should be done to this pilot? He expressed his views as an elected official and not as a representative of United. Yet, advocating for Hillary Clinton to be hanged after the FBI failed to prosecute her on a crime far less than treason just seems crazy, questioning his fitness to fly. Further, he has the picture above on his Twitter account, linking indirectly his sentiment to United Airlines.
Election season in America…always interesting.