The hashtag #WaysToGetShot has been floating around Twitter for a while. We did a story on it in April, and occasionally it results in some pretty hilarious comedy, but it’s always generated some over-the-line activity. Today we tried combining it with political search terms and found violent references to Mitt Romney popping up every few minutes. Yes, every few minutes. Here are recent results from the search #WaysToGetShot Romney:

https://twitter.com/PaigeDoesntKnow/status/258009265040674816

https://twitter.com/__TamiaSaidThat/status/258028607149064193

https://twitter.com/Roxckstarr101/status/258028572554444801

https://twitter.com/xX___vintageee/status/258018666992517120

https://twitter.com/Annuh3_Sosa/status/258028486642511873

https://twitter.com/TicTic_THUGGIN/status/258017114210836480

https://twitter.com/AlilTasteOf_E/status/258011133460488192

https://twitter.com/Drizzy_Jai/status/258015505082884097

Searching “#WaysToGetShot Obama” also generated a lot of pro-Obama, anti-Romney hate tweets:

https://twitter.com/Kmmi95/status/257998601819664384

https://twitter.com/GunjhaQueen/status/257956031232110592

https://twitter.com/TeflonTrone/status/257955592944095232

Do most of these people actually plan on shooting Romney supporters? We doubt it. Still, if your idea of a joke involves race-baiting and threats of violence, you have a problem.

Make no mistake: There are some tasteless Obama-haters using the tag, too:

https://twitter.com/AmandaAndert27/status/257955692953083905

https://twitter.com/brookebutler44/status/257941291688665088

https://twitter.com/andrewduncan16/status/258015663237521410

But those are far outnumbered by sick tweets on the pro-Obama side.

Long live “progressive” new civility!

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