Democrat faces backlash after threatening video
Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson is facing a censure effort following a video where she appeared to threaten supporters of President Donald Trump which went viral.
Johnson also faced backlash earlier this month after clashing with Michigan House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Matt Hall (R) during a voter fraud hearing with Rudy Giuliani.
She posted this to Facebook:
Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson threatened @realDonaldTrump supporters in a Facebook live video Tuesday, saying it is a warning message to those who support the president.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) December 9, 2020
Johnson thanked “everyone who is supporting our efforts, and when I say our efforts, I’m talking about doing things right and in order. There’s a good way to do it, and a fucked up way to do it,” she said vaguely.
“Always provide proof. Nobody cares what your mouth is saying. Provide proof,” Johnson said.
She then advised her supporters not to cuss out their opponents
She told them:
“Be smart. You don’t have to yell. You don’t have to curse anybody out. You don’t have to call people names. Hit their asses in the pocketbook.”
She later alleged she had been left a threatening message, but the FBI and state police “found her.”
“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers: Be careful. Walk lightly. We ain’t playing with you,” Johnson said.
“Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it,” she said ominously.
“Do it right,” Johnson ordered.
“Be in order. Make them pay.”
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Cadillac) said of the video:
“I believe she should be removed from the House floor and her committees until she can prove herself to be under control,.”
Hoitenga also said that she and numerous Michigan legislators received threatening messages from critics.
“We know that it comes with the territory,” she said.
“When you are an elected official, you can’t respond to threats with more threats.”
House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth (R) issued a joint statement:
Threats to either Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. Johnson has been removed from her committee assignments, and we are looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations.
We have been consistent in our position on this — violence and intimidation are never appropriate in politics. We have said that about threats against Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, Secretary [Jocelyn] Benson, Rep. Johnson herself, and others. That applies to threats made toward public officials, and it must also apply when the threats come from public officials. Behavior like this will not be tolerated this term or next.
Johnson was stripped of her committee assignments by the Michigan House’s Republican leaders on Wednesday.