GOP House Candidate Under Fire for Suggesting Ilhan Omar, Others ‘Should Hang’

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A GOP congressional candidate from Florida suggested in a fundraising email that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and other Democrats be hanged for being traitors, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

The email bearing the signature of George Buck, who is running against U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) in St. Petersburg, accused Omar, who is Muslim, of working for the government of Qatar and suggested “we should hang these traitors where they stand.”

The other “traitors” were not identified, according to the Times, but the email also mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the so-called “Squad” of progressive female newcomers in congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

When confronted about the email by the Times, Buck initially denied writing it. “That was not me. I did not see that,” he reportedly said. “I would never talk like that.” Later, however, he sent the paper a lengthy written statement saying, “Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law.”

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle immediately denounced the comments, saying there is no place for such incitement in politics.

“Instead of doubling down on these disgraceful comments, the candidate ought to apologize unequivocally and denounce these unacceptable statements,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise told the Washington Post.

National Republican groups also distanced themselves from Buck’s comments, with the National Republican Congressional Committee removing Buck from its Young Guns list of candidates worthy of support in 2020.

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Lorraine Kemer
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I agree. According to our Constitution, hanging is the punishment for being a traitor to this country. We must get back in line with following our Constitutional laws. We have strayed so far from our laws, only to leave this country with people thinking they could do anything with the only consequence being a slap on the hand. Murderers, rapists, child molesters, etc. are given such light sentences, and in many instances not even punished. This must stop.

william jackson
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I agree with George Busk—-far less offensive that Kathy Griffin’s $h!t show.

william jackson
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I agree with George Buck—-far less horrible than Kathy Griffin’s horror show.

Cherl
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Oh, the horror! Does that compare to Trump’s severed head by nit wit Kathy Griffin or President Trump hung in effigy? Or Trump and Pence burned in effigy? I’m no fan of Omar. And she is no fan of this country except for the cushy life our government has provided her.

Bonnie Keever
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Hahahahaha hahahahaha

Phyllis Softa
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Make America SANE Again.

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