PORTLAND – A
Maine Democratic candidate seeking the party’s United States Senate nomination
to challenge Senator Susan Collins has decided to feature the guillotine, a device
created in the middle ages to efficiently conduct executions by beheading, on their
Bre Kidman, who is running in the four-candidate Democratic field, announced the new campaign shirts on Twitter Wednesday. They feature a bluish-green outline of a guillotine on what Kidman says they are calling a “GuilloTee.”
Often seen as a symbol of violent revolution between different economic classes, the guillotine was prominently used during the “reign of terror” in the French revolution in the eighteenth century. It has also been used in other parts of Europe. The Nazi regime used the guillotine to execute about 16,000 during that era.
Kidman, in a
tweet, said “There will not be a more convenient revolution.”
regularly rails against President Donald Trump on Twitter and the guillotine
shirt announcement was prompted a day early by Trump’s impeachment acquittal.
“I was gonna wait until tomorrow to show off these beauties, but
Trump got acquitted and I feel like folks could use something to look forward
to. So.” Tweeted Kidman.
Portland Press Herald Columnist Victoria Hugo-Vidal, who goes
by the Twitter handle @MaineMillenial tweeted at Kidman “I want them!”
Kidman also tried to use the conversation around the guillotine shirts to tie the campaign to Bernie Sanders.
and Facebook posts about the shirts, many have weighed in to criticize Kidman
for the image, saying it suggests violence and hurts the cause of the campaign,
and civility in general.
Susan Collins, who Kidman is vying to challenge in the general election, today
announced that the FBI is investigating three new credible death threats
against her. Last week, more than a dozen Maine public schools were put in soft
lockdown over a threat made to Senator Collins and the schools.
Based in Saco, Kidman is a lawyer by trade and is running on a mostly progressive platform.