NY Dem Rep denies suggesting violence against POTUS. Hear it for yourself.

It looks like Democrats understand the Second Amendment, after all.

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) told constituents during a town hall meeting that the way to oppose President Trump, if he acts unlawfully, is by using the “Second Amendment” against him.

“I mean, this is where the Second Amendment comes in quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts?” Suozzi said. “What would you do? What would we do?”

The lawmaker was responding to a question from a member of the audience who asked about the system of checks and balances and what the Constitution directs in the case the president does not follow a “mandate” from Congress.

Following his remark, Suozzi was asked what the Second Amendment is.

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

“The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms,” the Democrat explained. “That’s why we have it.”

Suozzi added that it’s “really a matter of putting public pressure on the president” and “it’s probably about going to the courts.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee spoke out against the comment, Fox News reports.

“When resistance and obstruction don’t work out, Tom Suozzi proposes violence,” NRCC spokesman Chris Martin said in a statement. “He’s completely out of touch.”

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci).

Kim Devlin, a representative for Suozzi, denied that the congressman was promoting violence against President Trump.

“Taking a page from such great Americans as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Congressman Suozzi explained why our founding fathers created the Second Amendment as a way for citizens to fight back against a tyrannical government that does not follow the rule of law,” she said.

Devin added that “to suggest his comments meant anything else or that he was advocating for an armed insurrection against the existing president is both irresponsible and ridiculous.”

(Photo: Screen Capture).

According to the New York Post, Suozzi’s reelection campaign later forwarded a message to voters that appeared to double down on the “Second Amendment” comment with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”

Suozzi has advocated gun control in the wake of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The Democrat joined students at a pro-gun control rally outside the US Capitol last week.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik).

On social media, Suozzi was censured for seemingly hinting at armed rebellion against the president.

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel is a South Florida-based writer covering politics, society, and culture.
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