- The Washington Times - Monday, July 18, 2016

United Airlines has suspended pilot and Republican lawmaker Michael Folk after he wrote on social media that Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason.

Mr. Folk, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, began flying with United in 2008, Bloomberg reported. He wrote that Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, should be tried for treason and then “hung on the mall in Washington, D.C.” as punishment for her use of a private email server as secretary of state, CNN reported.

The tweet has since been deleted.

“This pilot has been removed from flying pending our investigation,” United tweeted Sunday. “We are appalled by his threatening comments.”

In an earlier tweet, the airline said Mr. Folk’s comments “do not represent United.”

Mr. Folk told CNN he was being hyperbolic in his tweet about Mrs. Clinton.

“I do think she should be tried and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he explained Saturday. But as for being hanged, he said, “No, my gosh. That was the hyperbole in the statement.”

The West Virginia Democratic Party has called for Mr. Folk to resign.

“Not only are Delegate Folk’s words concerning, they are disturbing. The mention of hanging and implication of murder should never, ever be acceptable,” Belinda Biafore, the party’s chair, said in a statement Saturday, CNN reported. “To think that a person in a leadership position in our state can say these types of things is baffling and should not be tolerated. Folk’s actions should deem him as unfit to serve and Speaker Tim Armstead should take action if Folk doesn’t resign.”

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