LANSING, MI – This week, Michigan State Representative Cynthia Johnson threatened Trump supporters, even urged leftist “soldiers” to attack “Trumpsters” and inflict financial harm to Trump supporters was effectively censured by the Michigan House of Representatives.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield condemned Johnson’s comments and she was stripped of all of her committee seats.
“Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations,” Chatfield said in a statement. “We have been consistent in our position on this- violence and intimidation is never appropriate in politics. We have said that about threats against Gov. Whitmer, Secretary Benson, Rep. Johnson herself and others. That applies to threats made toward public officials and must also apply when the threats come from public officials. Behavior like this will not be tolerated this term or next.”
“It is reprehensible that an elected official would call on her ‘soldiers’ to make the supporters of an opposing party ‘pay’, and clearly such a statement could incite people to violence,” Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said. “It was distressing to know that Rep. Johnson received threats after last week’s hearing; however, by issuing threats of violence of her own against the supporters of President Trump, she has sunk to the same level as the unhinged individuals who threatened her. I call on Gov. Whitmer and Michigan Democrats to condemn Representative Johnson’s statement immediately.”