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Michigan state Rep. Cynthia Johnson has posted a short video to social media strongly suggesting that supporters of President Donald Trump should or could be harmed.
“So, this is just a warning to you Trumpers,” she begins. “Be careful. Walk lightly. We ain’t playin’ with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough.
This is a house rep in Michigan making threats against Trump supporters.
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“And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it,” she continued. “Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay.”
Johnson came under fire last week when she claimed witnesses brought forth by President Trump’s legal team who asserted, in sworn affidavits, that they witnessed widespread election and vote fraud were “lying” while also demanding they testify under oath — which some offered to do.
“These people, our guests, are sharing information — just sharing and sharing and speaking and speaking. No one is under oath,” Johnson said.
At that point, the chairman of a House oversight panel hearing the testimony, Rep. Mike Hall, sought to remind the Detroit Democrat of its purpose.
“I just want to remind you I think it was the purpose of today’s hearing to hear from people across Michigan who witnessed things at the TCF Center,” Hall said.
But Johnson countered that the witnesses were taking up too much time while also complaining that no one from Detroit appeared to be at the hearing.
“They’re taking so much time, and I see no Detroiters here,” she said.
Hall again reminded Johnson of the purpose of the event.
“Today we’ve invited Mr. Giuliani, and Mr. Giuliani has brought forward witnesses that he says have first-hand knowledge of fraud. That’s what we are doing today. And if you want to do other hearings, we’re doing more hearings, but today we’re here to hear from these people. So do you have a question for these witnesses?” Hall asked.
Johnson responded by saying that, no, she didn’t have any questions, only “concerns.”
Hall then gaveled the hearing and declared Johnson to be out of order as she, again, complained that the witnesses were not under oath.
The chairman reminded her that requiring witnesses to give testimony under oath “is not done here in this state.”
“It may not be done under the state, but you’re allowing people to come in here and lie, and I know they’re lying!” Johnson said, erupting.
At that, Giuliani calmly responded by saying that “every single witness we’ve presented here has sworn an affidavit.”
After the hearing, Johnson claimed she received death and lynching threats, some of which she shared with other lawmakers.
But one, Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township), questioned why she shared them while also blasting her for doxing a witness during her testimony.
“I don’t understand why you would share this with me and other representatives, Cynthia,” Whiteford noted in an email that Johnson shared with local media.
“By the way, I am shocked that you had that poor woman spell out her name during the hearing (sic) You put her life at risk!” Whiteford continued. “That is the most heartless action I have ever witnessed, using your power of position to shame someone who was in a very vulnerable position.”
The names of all witnesses who provided testimony to the panel were part of the public record, so there was no real need for Johnson to ask for the woman’s name.
“I am praying for you to have compassion with those you disagree with.”
Whiteford told The Holland Sentinel she found the messages sent to Johnson “horrifying,” but added that her colleague’s treatment of the woman testifying was offensive.
“It was wrong, and she should never have to face such hate. In my response, I pointed out that the belittling treatment to the woman who was testifying was offensive and I feared it was also meant to humiliate or intimidate. Nobody should ever have to deal with that,” Whiteford said.
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