A previously obscure low-level Swedish politician serving as a council member in the town of Kalmar was forced to resign after he published a post to Facebook asking for someone to please “shoot” U.S. President Donald Trump.
“I believed that Donald Trump would calm down after he became the president (of the U.S.),” wrote the now-infamous former politician Roland Peterson, reportedly once a member of Sweden’s Social Democratic Party, according to RT. “But how wrong I was! He exceeded my worst fears! Could anyone shoot him?”
No, they cannot, but they can “shoot” you out of office, Roland, which was pretty much what they did. After Peterson’s post went viral, the backlash erupted with lightning speed, with his peers reportedly slamming him for his “inappropriate” and “idiotic” post, as local party leader Roger Holmberg put it.
Peterson removed the post from his Facebook page an hour later, though by then the damage had already been done.
“It is good that he removed it,” fellow council member Johan Persson reportedly told Swedish news outlet Oestra Smalan, though he added that a “call for violence” should “never” have been issued in the first place.
The backlash eventually spurred the disgraced politician into officially resigning.
“After my blunder on Facebook, there is a risk that I will become a burden for the Social Democrats in Kalmar,” he reportedly wrote in a letter to his peers. “I do not want it, so I chose to leave all my posts.”
According to the U.K. Independent, what had driven Peterson to make such a foolhardy “blunder” was the U.S. president’s open-minded stance on man-made climate change, the reality of which he has often questioned.
Apparently, questioning an unproven theory’s validity is enough these days to warrant having a leftist politician ask others to shoot you.
“That makes sense,” said no one ever.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail