Carl Paladino, New York co-chair to Donald Trump's campaign and a former gubernatorial candidate, sent an angry email at one anti-Trump delegate earlier this week, saying she should be "hung for treason" for her opposition to the presumptive Republican nominee.
Paladino sent the email to Stefani Williams, a delegate in Utah, writing, "You should be hung for treason Stefani. There will not be a Republican Party if you attempt to replace Trump. I'll be in your face in Cleveland."
Carl Paladino sent this email on Saturday to Stefani Williams, a GOP delegate in Utah who opposes Trump. @WGRZ https://t.co/JvzNehNgfL— Danny Spewak (@Danny Spewak)1468611224.0
The bold email came after Williams posted an open letter on grassroots conservative organization Renew America's website, calling on fellow Republican delegates to "dump Trump."
Paladino, a New York businessman who ran a failed campaign for governor in 2010 and has been an outspoken supporter of Trump, was reacting to the efforts of some delegates to deny Trump the nomination at the GOP Convention in Cleveland next week. That effort, however, was handily defeated late Thursday at the RNC's Rules Committee meeting.
In a statement to CNN, Paladino defended his violent email, saying the threat of hanging and the suggestion he would be in the face of Williams was nothing more than a "colloquialism."
"What the person was proposing is to encourage violation of the rules of the Republican Party under which Donald Trump rose legally to be the presumptive candidate," he told the network in an email. "The person is being treacherous to the party in doing so and as such the colloquialism is appropriate."
He went on to write that, if the delegate's "underwear is all bunched up" over the email, "then tell the person if he or she can't take the heat of what he or she dished out, then get out of the kitchen."
This is not Paladino's first foray into controversy. Earlier this month, the Trump backer posted a tweet, which has since been deleted, that seemed to suggest to some he was advocating for the lynching of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
However, Paladino, who does not publish any of his own tweets, said the post was nothing more than a "well-intended mistake." Essentially, he said his staff first used only the attorney general's last name, which is Lynch, but then decided to use her Twitter handle (@LorettaLynch), but forgot to delete the previous mention of her name.
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