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A Michigan Democratic lawmaker has been stripped of her committee seats after issuing a “warning” to supporters of President Trump and others in response to receiving death threats.
Rep. Cynthia Johnson first made headlines over the weekend, when she revealed on Facebook that she was being targeted over her handling of hearings last week featuring Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
One of the many callers harassing Johnson warned that her “time was coming” and that she would be hanging “from the f–king gallows.”
In one of the two videos posted to her Facebook Tuesday responding to the harassment, Johnson warned that “This is just a warning to you Trumpers,” appearing to refer to Trump supporters. “Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough.”
In another voicemail, a caller said, “You should be swinging from a f–king rope, you Democrat.”
“For those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” her ominous message continued.
Johnson has since removed the videos, but the damage was done. The state’s House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, condemned her comments and announced she would be removed from her seats on the House Agriculture, Oversight and the Families, Children and Seniors committees.
Speaking to MLive, Johnson said that she did not mean for her language to come off as threatening.
“In my community, we often use the term soldier, but when we use the term it means for people to rise up and not just take BS. It doesn’t mean anything violent. Our rise up means rise up against racism, against tyranny, rise up against violence. No, my message was not one that was intended against the Trump people. We are talking about peace and unity,” she told the outlet.
She added that Chatfield did not inform her beforehand of his decision to strip her of her committee assignments, but that she did not want them back.
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