One Democratic official in Michigan made headlines recently for a startling social media rant in which she warned supporters of President Donald Trump to “walk lightly” amid ongoing election-related challenges.
In the latest development, state lawmaker Cynthia Johnson was stripped of her committee assignments as part of a penalty imposed by state Republicans, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Enough is enough”
The controversy surrounding Johnson stemmed from a Facebook Live video in which she responded to alleged threats made by Trump supporters.
“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers: Be careful,” she said, according to the Examiner. “Walk lightly. We ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough.”
Johnson went on to call on “those of you who are soldiers” and who “know how to do it,” including a pithy action plan: “Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay.”
Her video prompted immediate pushback, including from the state’s Democratic attorney general. It was the state’s Republican-led legislature, however, that took the most decisive action by removing her committee assignments.
“Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American,” House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) said in a joint statement with GOP speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, according to MLive.com. “They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official.”
“Stripped of her committees”
Not only was Johnson “stripped of her committees,” but Chatfield also confirmed that Republicans are “looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation.”
The GOP statement ended on an unequivocal note: “We have been consistent in our position on this — violence and intimidation is never appropriate in politics.”
While her remarks were widely denounced as threatening, Johnson has sought to downplay her rhetoric, claiming it was a misunderstood reaction to threats against her.
“No, my message was not one that was intended against the Trump people,” Johnson claimed, as MLive.com reported. “We are talking about peace and unity.”
Although some in her own party have chastised her over the remarks, a statement by Michigan Democrats slammed the GOP response, asserting that it “illustrates that the Republicans prioritize partisan politics and political theater over healing the wounds of division, preserving the well-being of the Legislature as an institution, protecting the safety of members, and acting on the needs of the people of Michigan,” according to the Detroit Free Press.