“A New York Democratic congressman is being accused of promoting violence against President Trump after suggesting during a town hall that citizens may have to take up arms against the president if he doesn’t follow the law,” per Fox News.
“‘I mean, this is where the Second Amendment comes in quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?’ Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., said during a March 12 Q&A session with constituents in Huntington, on Long Island.”
The New York congressman’s meeting with constituents was recorded and streamed live on Facebook, but is not available on the congressman’s official Facebook page at this time.
Some are saying the comments are out of bounds: “‘When resistance and obstruction don’t work out, Tom Suozzi proposes violence,’ National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin said in a statement. ‘He’s completely out of touch.'”
The lawmaker’s defenders say that he was merely invoking the constitutional right to defend against tyranny, and was not calling for any kind of armed insurrection against the president.
It’s nice to hear a Democrat paying respect to the legal right to bear arms, perpetually under attack from those on the left, but perhaps they and Republicans alike would do well to cool it with the violence-tinged rhetoric which, sadly, has not been without consequences.