Dec 4, 2019

Republican candidate says Democrats should be hanged

George Buck, a Republican candidate for Florida's 13th Congressional District, in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The National Republican Congressional Committee is dropping George Buck, a candidate for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, from its recruitment program after a fundraising email sent over the candidate's signature said Democratic members of Congress should be executed, according to Politico's Jake Sherman.

The big picture: The Nov. 26 email falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of working for the country of Qatar and should be punished, the Tampa Bay Times reports. “We should hang these traitors where they stand,” the email reads.

Details: The email also spotlights Rep. Charlie Crist — Buck's incumbent opponent — as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

What he's saying: "That was not me. I did not see that. I would never talk like that," Buck initially told the Times.

  • He followed the comment with a statement that included the constitutional definition of and the federal punishment for treason.
  • “Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law,” Buck said.

What they're saying: “There is no room for this kind of inflammatory rhetoric in either political party. No one should ever condone a candidate’s call for violence,” Pinellas County GOP chairman Todd Jennings posted on Facebook.

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Duncan Hunter says he'll plead guilty in corruption case

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The big picture: Hunter's scheduled plea change — first hinted at in documents filed in federal court, per the San Diego Union-Tribune — comes six months after his wife changed her own plea. The couple was indicted in 2018 on allegations that they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use, including on gas, groceries, lavish dinners and vacations.

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Ethics Committee instructs Duncan Hunter to stop voting in the House

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in Sept. 2018. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

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The big picture: Hunter has not answered reporters' questions on whether he intends to resign from the House entirely, following his guilty plea on Tuesday. He insisted in 2018 that he would not resign after being forced to step down from all committee assignments, per the New York Times.

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Twitter suspends Ilhan Omar's opponent after she called for congresswoman to be hanged

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at a rally for Bernie Sanders on Nov. 3. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Twitter permanently suspended accounts for Danielle Stella, a Republican challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her seat in 2020, after she twice tweeted that the congresswoman should be hanged, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Omar, the first Somalian-American member of Congress, has said she experiences spikes in death threats when conservatives, including President Trump, target her in attacks.

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