Mich Dem who threatened Trump supporters faces punishment as 2nd strange vid emerges
Apparently one Michigan lawmaker didn’t get Joe Biden’s memo about the need for post-election “unity” and “healing.”
State Democratic Rep. Cynthia Johnson took to Facebook with a three-minute video in response to criticism she had received in questioning witnesses for President Donald Trump, including Rudy Guiliani, during a recent Michigan House hearing on election fraud.
Fox News reported that Jones, who is Black, became visibly angry during the hearings, and demanded to know why witnesses weren’t under oath. Lawmakers said that’s because the hearing was for informational purposes only.
As a result, she allegedly received a “series” of messages on social media that included threats, as well as “racial and misogynistic slurs,” Fox reported. Local media noted that one critic said, “Let’s Kyle Rittenhouse this (expletive).” That’s a reference to the Illinois teenager who is accused of murder in Wisconsin after killing two people and wounding a third in a shootout during a riot in Kenosha this summer. Rittenhouse’s lawyers argue he acted in self-defense.
In her video, Johnson warns Trump supporters: “This is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. … And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” she said.
In her remarks, Johnson noted that the FBI and the Michigan state police had already taken action against one threatening caller.
In what appears to be a second video, Johnson continued along these lines: “All you soldiers, soldiers of Christ, soldiers against racism, soldiers against misogyny, soldiers against domestic violence and domestic terrorism – soldiers rise! It’s time for you to rise. … Soldiers for Black and brown people who are being mistreated – rise.”
Cynthia Johnson is bat shit crazy pic.twitter.com/jIHHrDtAQQ
— PG Howie (@pghowie3) December 9, 2020
One reason Johnson’s video resonated among the president’s supporters is that at least three of them have been killed this year, apparently for standing by Trump. Numerous others have been injured during protests.
When asked about Johnson’s treatment as well as her response to it, Jim Makowski, a Republican lawyer challenging the election results, told local media, “Should she be threatened? Absolutely not. Should anyone who threatens her with physical violence be prosecuted? Absolutely. But she has no business threatening other people either.”
Republicans in the Michigan legislature apparently agreed.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a statement, “Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation.”
Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation. pic.twitter.com/Y5lTqqmEVI
— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) December 9, 2020
“We have been consistent in our position on this,” Chatfield continued. “Violence and intimidation is (sic) never appropriate in politics. We have said that about Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer, Secretary (of State Jocelyn) Benson, Rep. Johnson herself and others. That applies to threats made toward public officials and it must also apply when threats come from public officials. Behavior like this will not be tolerated this term or next.”
Earlier this year, more than a dozen people, including Antifa supporters, were arrested in a plot to kidnap Whitmer. More recently, armed protesters showed up outside Benson’s home, chanting “Stop the steal.”