It seems that some Millenials will never learn. For the second time in a month, the president of the College Republicans at the University of Texas at Austin has tweeted something stupid.
On Nov. 16, UT’s Lauren Pierce tweeted: “Ya’ll as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”
Afterwards, in an interview with ABC News, she said the comment was a “joke” and giggled that an assassination attempt would “only make the situation worse.”
The group’s vice president, Cassie Wright, said, “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.” She later added, “I don’t really see anything wrong with it. It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”
What Wright doesn’t seem to understand is that freedom of speech is not without consequences. Yes, we have the constitutional right to say almost anything we want. But the organizations we are a part of have the right to disassociate themselves from us if we say something stupid – as the College Republicans did when they removed Pierce from her position as president. Pierce also lost her internship with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as a result of her careless tweet.
One would think that she, and all of her College Republican friends, would have learned a valuable lesson from all of this. Apparently that is only wishful thinking.
This week her replacement, Cassie Wright, tweeted something even worse.
Other than the fact that you can’t snort crack, she clearly needs a strong lesson in racial sensitivity and the dangers of stereotyping. Even more surprising is that Pierce, who should know better by now, retweeted Wright’s offensive and low-brow message.
Wright has now protected her tweets to prevent anyone else from swiping screenshots of her comments but Pierce isn’t so bright. After taking a 10 day break from Twitter, she has continued to tweet her ideologies ranging from her pro-life beliefs to her anti-Muslim sentiments and certainly has the right to do so. It isn’t her beliefs that bother me so much as it is her attitude and the way she refers to everyone who disagrees with her as a #troll and seems proud of her actions. Pierce is clearly a staunch conservative and I am a middle-of-the-road moderate and we are both entitled to our opinions, but this is not about politics.
This is about how our opinions, and the ways in which we voice them, can have serious repercussions on our professional careers. She has already lost a valuable internship and an officer position – both of which would have looked fantastic on her resume had she been able to rein herself in a bit. Instead, her actions show a gross lack of maturity for someone who clearly wants to make a career in politics and a serious lack of respect for anyone who disagrees with her. Even worse, she has demonstrated that she does not regret her actions at all and has learned nothing other than that notoriety on Twitter can garner her 15 minutes of fame.
Recently, she tweeted this:
Perhaps she ought to listen to her own words and consider what this says about her character, in addition to what this will do to her career.