Frederica Wilson has been missing in Congress for days. Her excuse: It’s Trump supporters’ fault

Imagine if President Trump stayed hidden in the White House because of threats made against him.

Florida congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, has not been seen in Washington, D.C. for days and it appears it’s all because of those Trump supporters. / MediaPunch/IPX via AP

The Democrat from Miami was all over the media last week condemning the president for a condolence call he made to the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. But after creating a torrential firestorm with her attacks, the lawmaker found herself the target of ongoing threats against her, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Wilson last voted on Oct. 12, before a week-long break at the House, and has since missed 19 votes between Monday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 25, according to the Miami Herald.

In fact, a group photo of Congressional Democrats on the steps of the Capitol, wearing stickers with red cowboy hats in Wilson’s honor, was taken without the congresswoman present, the publication reported.

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Rep. Alcee Hastings expects Wilson to return to the House next week.

“She’s home,” the Fort Lauderdale Democrat said, according to the Herald. “I have not spoken with her about it, but I’ve heard that she’s received substantial death threats and I think she is doing everything she can to ratchet down and let some of us, including me, take over.”

A source close to Wilson confirmed that  “some” investigations into threats against the lawmaker were being made.

Police are reportedly investigating a Facebook post by a Chicago area man suggesting Wilson be lynched.

“Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching,” the now deleted post read, according to the Miami Herald. “Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided. This congresswomen [sic] is a disgusting pig. Someone should take their boot to her face.”

Wilson launched a war of words with Trump after she accused him of being insensitive in his remarks to the Gold Star widow who was on her way to the airport to meet her husband’s casket when the president made the call. Wilson, who overheard part of the call, claimed Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyway.”

Despite the backlash and the exchanges with Trump, the congresswoman stands by her remarks in a statement on her website.

“Despite President Trump’s suggestion that I have recanted my statement or misstated what he said, I stand firmly by my original account of his conversation with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson,” she said in the statement. “Moreover, this account has been confirmed by family members who also witnessed Mr. Trump’s incredible lack of compassion and sensitivity.”

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The president had denied Wilson’s accusation, saying he had proof that she  “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action.”

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