Opinion| ICYMI| Florida Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson claimed that Americans who mock Congressional members on the internet should “be prosecuted.”
“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic],” the Democrat said while speaking to the press outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children located in Homestead, Florida.
“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” Wilson continued. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”
According to the Washington Examiner, “ProPublica on Monday publicized posts made by Border Patrol agents in a private Facebook group that disparaged migrants and some members of Congress, such as Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Wilson then went on to blame President Trump for causing people to lose respect for Congress, the media, and the White House. A May 2019 Gallup poll recorded a 20% approval rating for Congress, whose approval rating has not hit 30% in 10 years.”
In October of 2017, Wilson got into a major feud with the Trump White House after she was found to have listened in on a telephone call between the President and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who the Examiner explains “was killed in the line of duty in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017.
Wilson claimed that Trump told the Gold Star widow that her husband ‘knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.’”
The Trump administration denied Wilson’s description of the phone call.
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