Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson, who publicly threatened President Trump’s supporters in a Facebook live video, has been stripped of her committees and is facing further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct an investigation.
In a Facebook live video, the lawmaker said Trump supporters better be careful, calling on “soldiers” to “make them (Trump supporters) pay.” The video was over three minutes long.
Cynthia Johnson took office on January 1, 2019, and her current term ends on December 31, 2020.
“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” Johnson says in the video.
“I wish I could be talking to y’all in a private room, because, uh, I just wish I could, but we’re public so…,” Johnson also said in the video.
Just a few hours after the live video went viral, Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield has stripped Rep. Cynthia Johnson of her committee duties.
Chatfield took to Twitter to condemn her co-worker:
“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 investigation.” she wrote on Twitter along with a letter from her official statement which reads:
Speaker of The House Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth today released the following statement on the video released last night by state Rep. Cynthia Johnson on social media:
“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 investigations.
“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 it must also apply when the threats come from public officials. Behavior like this will not be tolerated this term or next.”