By R. Cort Kirkwood
The Democrat legislator in Michigan who threatened “Trumpers” with retribution for fighting fraud in the November 3 presidential election has paid a price for her ominous-yet-bizarre rant.
Republicans who run the state’s House of Representatives have stripped Cynthia Johnson of her committee assignments.
With the lightened workload, the radical legislator has a lot more time to make videos. But more importantly, maybe the punishment shows the GOP has finally had enough of hard-left, totalitarian-minded Democrats.
The trouble for Johnson began last week. On December 2, Rudy Giuliani, a top adviser to President Trump, appeared before the House Oversight Committee to make the case that Biden won Michigan because of that fraud. Committee Republicans permitted Giuliani to question a witness.
Johnson was none too happy about it. Michiganders worried about ballot integrity, ranking Democrat Johnson said, are liars.
“You’re allowing people to come in here and lie. And I know they’re lying,” Johnson fumed.
After that, Johnson claims, she received the threats, including one “using vile language to describe women,” the Detroit News reported, and warned that Johnson’s “time is coming … from the [expletive] gallows you’ll be hanging.”
On Tuesday, Johnson flipped her lid. She uploaded a bizarre video to her Facebook page warning that “Trumpers” had better watch out:
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 quickly learned that House Republicans ain’t playing either when she threatens to kill Trump supporters.
On Wednesday, the GOP acted.
“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,” said House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Rep. Jason Wentworth.
Johnson’s comments were “unbecoming of an elected official.”
The angry congresswoman told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that her threats weren’t the problem.
“I have a job to do,” she said. “And my job is to protect democracy and my job is also to question people when they come to our hearings. And that’s what I was doing.”
How threatening Trump voters with a derogatory smear “protects democracy,” we are not given to know.
We do know top Democrats would have done nothing to punish Johnson had they controlled the chamber. “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,” two top Democrats said.
The “safety” of Johnson and her “loved ones” is in “jeopardy, they said. They did concede that “her comments have led to the unintended consequence of adding further tension. It’s incumbent upon every elected official to be mindful of the impact of our words, especially in a moment of national tension and crisis.”