Twitter ‘permanently suspends’ HD 20 candidate after advocating shooting feds

A Republican House candidate from St. Augustine is banned from Twitter after advocating violence against the feds.

Republican Luis Miguelrunning against the outgoing rep. Bobby Payne of Palatka in the redesigned House District 20, was suspended from Twitter after a tweet advocating that Floridians should be able to shoot federal agents on sight.

“Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot the FBI, IRS, ATF and all other Federal troops on sight,” Miguel tweeted. “Let freedom ring.”

Miguel told Florida Politics on Friday that the suspension, which is “permanent” according to a message he received on his Twitter app, “doesn’t affect him at all.” He stands by the proposal, which he says is justified because the IRS has been “armed by dissident forces.”

Miguel is still active on instagramwhere the Publish advocating shooting federal agents is still displayed, amid a host of other hateful graphics mourning the loss of Confederate statues (“memories of the south,” he called them), advocating “full enforcement of the Stop Woke Act and other such cries to the populist right.

“They won’t take our AR-15s,” he swears in a post.

It is also always on Facebook. The same messages come back.

Payne dismissed Miguel’s comments.

“The FBI is in charge of law enforcement,” the lawmaker noted, and regardless of people’s opinion of any law enforcement action, including the controversial seizure of documents from donald trump‘s Mar-a-Lago, law enforcement must be obeyed.

Noting that he had never met “anti-establishment” Miguel, he said candidates like this without a viable resume are often pushed into wild statements to get attention, and their main function is to “divide the party” in the primaries.

Miguel and Payne are in an open primary in the new HD 20, a district where Republicans dominate registration but Democrats and non-party voters can vote in this election.

Miguel raised just over $4,000 as a contestant, meaning social media was key to his message. Payne raised nearly $140,000 in hard money and didn’t need to spend it against his opponent. He had more than $110,000 on hand as of August 5.

Payne was first elected in 2016, and if reelected, it will be his last term in Tallahassee.

On Friday night, the Florida Democratic Party released a statement condemning Miguel.

DeSantis-Supporting Republicans are now openly calling for violence against law enforcement and the federal government,” Florida Democratic Party spokesman Kobie Christian said. “Luis Miguel is inspired by the right-wing extremism that Ron DeSantis used to rise on the national stage.

“If elected, Miguel promises to pass legislation encouraging the shooting ‘on sight’ of law enforcement officials. Governor DeSantis must speak out against this plan, this candidate, and the growing attacks on the men and women of law enforcement who uphold our laws.

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