Stupid Things University Of Texas College Republicans Say

For some reason, the head of the UT College Republicans thought it was a good idea to joke about Presidential assassination on Twitter

Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.”

At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT’s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”

Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a “joke” and that the “whole [shooting incident] was stupid.” Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would “only make the situation worse.”

“Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she’s made a positive statement in a way, ” said Cassie Wright, the group’s vice president.

“I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” Wright added. “It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”

Yea, right. Pierce’s Twitter account has since been locked and her photo removed. I wonder why.

Photo via The Texas Tribune

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  1. Mark says:

    Has everyone just gone to Stupidland? Come on GOP. We don’t see eye to eye on much but can you just lock the crazies in the closet for awhile and pretend you are serious about…oh…anything?

  2. Paul L. says:


    Progressives never joked about assassinating President Bush.
    They were serious.
    Assassination fascination

  3. Shirley says:

    Have we forgotten Gabby Gifford, some craziie person shot her in the “HEAD”, and killed 9 other encluding a (9) year old girl.
    To Tweet somehing like that she sound just as crazies a the person who shot those people in AZ.
    Lauren Pierce must know what kind of wourld she is living in “HATE” is alive and well and we sure don’t need some moron tweet out a Joke regarding the President of the United State and i don’t care what color he is, only a fool would do something like that.

    That person that maybe shot at the W.H i’m not sure, if he did he will reget that one they put him away for the rest of his entire live.
    If Lauren Pierce wants to go that route she can just keep joking about the President of the United State.

  4. Mark says:

    @Paul – It is just as stupid when progressives do it as it is when conservatives do it. No argument there. But I clicked on your link. Those idiots weren’t serious. They were just making a stupid pun.

  5. doubter4444 says:

    @Paul L.:
    Again, it’s wrong any time this garbage is said, why can’t you just say that? Is it just impossible to admit that someone was an ass?
    That’s why so many “conservatives” come across as self-rationalizing pricks.
    Where is “taking responsibility”?
    It’s ALWAYS the other guys did it too!, or They said worse!, or lord know any other excuse.
    It’s wrong.

    BTW – what’s the over/under that some oblivious tool comments a variation of this: “The democrats should also take responsibility for the rhetoric of their side too!!11!

  6. mantis says:

    Why is some stupid thing a college Republican said national news?

  7. JR says:

    Really smart, this coming from the same state that killed Kennedy.

  8. Eric says:

    It isn’t the fact that this woman commented on the assassination attempt, but that she said, “we need him to be the worst president we’ve ever had.”

    That’s really patriotic to say about our President. I don’t care if you like him or not, or agree or disagree with him. We have to show respect and support to him. After all, he’s still our leader til the next election.

  9. Susan says:

    It appears the University of Texas now has omitted the study of history in its curriculum. Otherwise Ms. Pierce would have had brushing familiarity with the Kennedy assassination.

  10. Clovis says:

    @JR: Odd, I thought it was Oswald that killed Kennedy, not the whole state.

    More broadly; folks get so used to just tweeting, texting, posting on facebook and what have you, that they fail to regulate their communiques. Hell, I don’t even answer the phone if I’ve had more than a couple beers.

  11. DavidJ says:

    “just joking” — that’s what inciters of hatred and violence always say. Rush Limbaugh says it every day.

    But its a felony to suggest, in any way, assassinating the President. This young lady — no genius, to be sure — may be getting a courtesy call from the Secret Service soon….

  12. David says:

    @Paul L.:

    Oh yeah the two women holding that sign look so serious.

    Just laughable.

  13. tao9 says:

    When it comes to actual violence, no matter who the actual violent actor (historically an extremist person of the left), progressives and the media will find a way to redirect the responsibility to conservatives.

    BTW: for you Texas history buffs…Oswald was a communist.

  14. Brian S says:

    @Paul L.:

    Was going to take down this silly comment then realized that sharp readers have already done so!

  15. Pug says:

    @Paul L.:

    So you base your argument on a stupid sign held up at some demonstration. This doesn’t differ in any way from the head of an official GOP organization making an equally stupid comment?

    You can always find a sign somewhere to prove a false equivalence, I guess.

  16. Muffler says:

    @Paul L.: And to prove your point you use Malkin as a reference? lol

  17. E.Q. says:

    Just a Typical-Dumb-Texan-Blonde! I’m from Austin…. trust me!

  18. Chilly Palmer says:

    Y’all know now why the rest of the country still think of southerners – especially Texans – as backward and ignorant.

    Silly rich girl.

  19. Paul L. says:

    So your defense is Malkin Photoshopped the sign?

    As for the rest of the progressive defenders
    Check out her category Assassination Chic

    The provocative film “Death of a President,” which imagines the assassination of George W. Bush

    southerners – especially Texans – as backward and ignorant.

    See Amanda Marcotte.

  20. Nick says:


    “BTW: for you Texas history buffs…Oswald was a communist.”

    Actually, Oswald was almost certainly a U.S. intelligence asset. The book to read, recent, extensively footnoted, and extremely persuasive, is “JFK and the Unspeakable.”

    Oswald was a Marine who worked at a radar facility where u2 planes flew out of. He defected to the USSR, then returned to the U.S without ANY attempt at debriefing.

  21. bandit says:

    Really smart, this coming from the same state that killed Kennedy.

    Dumbest comment of the day.

  22. Moderate Mom says:

    Stupid tweet. Dumb “joke”. However, seriously, why would anyone really care what a college co-ed tweeted? Is it only because she’s the President of UT Austin’s College Republicans? Who cares?

  23. I Mean What says:

    Maybe it is Lauren Pierce that should be shot. Oh, right. Two wrongs don’t make one right. Oops. My bad.

  24. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @I Mean What:

    Oh, right. Two wrongs don’t make one right.

    But 3 lefts do.

  25. Tlaloc says:

    However, seriously, why would anyone really care what a college co-ed tweeted? Is it only because she’s the President of UT Austin’s College Republicans? Who cares?

    Don’t kid yourself the college republicans are taken very seriously on the right.

    Notable CRs

    Notable College Republicans have included prominent Republican strategist Lee Atwater, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry, conservative activist Morton Blackwell, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis, lobbyist and McCain advisor Charles R. Black, Jr., Texas Republican Party Chairman Emeritus Tom Pauken, Christian Coalition executive director and political consultant Ralph E. Reed, Jr., New York political consultant Roger Stone and political consultant Joshua Workman. California Republican State Chairman Ron Nehring was President of the College Republicans at Boston University. Former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was elected president of her College Republican chapter at Wellesley College in her freshman year before switching parties due to the war in Vietnam. President Calvin Coolidge is the only College Republican ever to be elected President of the United States. Karl Rove, a Senior Bush Advisor and currently a contributor on Fox News Channel is probably one of the most famous College Republican leaders, having served as executive director, and then national chairman, of the CRNC during his time in the organization.[17]


    The right very much treats the CR as a training academy for future politicians, activists, and strategists.