A campaign staffer for Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) took to Twitter to request the "utter and complete destruction of white men," a group to which his boss belongs.
"I am once again asking for the utter and complete destruction of white men," Abhi Agarwal tweeted after a Democratic state house candidate in Kansas refused to drop out after admitting to spreading revenge porn.
Aaron Coleman, a 19-year-old Kansan who defeated his district's incumbent in the Democratic primary, admitted last week to releasing revenge porn and engaging in cyberbullying when he was in middle school.
Coleman's admission prompted Kansas Democrats to disavow his candidacy, and Coleman agreed on Sunday to drop out of his race. But on Tuesday, Coleman reversed his decision and said dropping out would "return to power the same corporatist, out-of-touch 7-term incumbent that voters just rejected."
"We cannot undo democracy because I am a flawed individual who has made mistakes," Coleman said. "That is not fair to those voters. They deserve to have a choice this November."
Agarwal, who works as a member of Sen. Markey's digital campaign staff, has since deleted the tweet.
Markey is fighting a primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy (D., Mass.), who has leveraged his connections as a Kennedy to capture establishment support in his bid to unseat Markey.