The Michigan state representative who appeared to be threatening Trump supporters via a Facebook post and was subsequently removed from all of her committee assignments in the legislature received a perhaps an unusual-premised defense from a fellow Democrat elected official. “I don’t agree with what she said, but I do understand the sentiment,” the latter asserted.
State Rep. Cynthia Johnson had warned Trump supporters to “be careful” and “walk lightly” and called upon so-called soldiers to make them pay. This warning occurred sometime after she disrupted a legislative hearing into irregularities in Election 2020.
In a statement, the House GOP leadership declared that “Threats to either Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official.” Further disciplinary action may also be on the horizon for Johnson.
In an interview on Fox & Friends, Democrat State Rep. Karen Whitsett explained that she didn’t agree with Johnson’s Facebook messaging, but she understood where she was coming from, but mostly based on — if you follow the logic — the grief that Whitsett herself experienced from the Democrat Party, plus the stress that Johnson is supposedly under.
“Well, let me be clear. I do not agree with what she said. I do, however, agree with the sentiment behind it. And why I say that is because me being a Democrat and being part of the Democratic Party, when I spoke out against racism within my own party, and spoke out about leadership was being racist, and what I mean by that there were black employees that were doing the work of two people, but receiving the pay of one.
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“When I spoke out against that, everything was thrown at me. I was censured, I was kicked out of the Democratic caucus, they went as far as to try to get colleagues of mine, including Representative Johnson, to rise up against me during my re-election…,” she told FNC anchor Pete Hegseth.
“Had the Democratic Party been in leadership and held the gavel, absolutely it would have stripped me of my committee. Absolutely they would have taken my budget away. Absolutely they would have taken my employees away, so what was done to her in comparison is actually mild of what has been done to me by my own party.
(Source: Fox News)
You may recall that Rep. Whitsett was censured by her colleagues merely for thanking President Trump for touting hydroxychloroquine, a medication that helped her recover from COVID.
When Hegseth asked about Johnson possibly inciting violence, Rep. Whitsett alluded to the death threats that Johnson received following the contentious hearing, as well as attempts at intimidation of other lawmakers, particularly African-American officials.
“I can honestly say in my humble opinion it’s just the fact that you have so much thrown at you…Like I said, I don’t agree with what she said, but I can understand it…I can understand her passion behind it, because you’re afraid. When you have threats coming at you, you are afraid. You don’t know who these people are. You don’t know if they’re going to show up at you… I don’t agree with what she said , but I do understand the sentiment.”
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