After suggesting that citizens may have to take action against the president if he doesn’t follow the law, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) is being accused of promoting violence against President Trump.
During a March 12 Q&A session with constituents in Hunting, on Long Island, Suozzi said, “I mean, this is where the Second Amendment comes in quite frankly because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?”
He continued, “It’s really a matter of putting public pressure on the president.”
The exchange was captured on a Facebook Live stream.
After he referred to the Second Amendment, a constituent asked him to explain the amendment.
Suozzi explained, “The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms. That’s why we have it.”
Republicans are now accusing Suozzi of promoting violence.
In a statement, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin said, “When resistance and obstruction don’t work out, Tom Suozzi proposes violence. He’s completely out of touch.”
A spokesperson for Suozzi denied that he was calling for “armed insurrection” against Trump.
In a statement to Fox News on Monday, senior adviser Kim Devlin doubled down said, “Taking a page from such great Americans as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Congressman Suozzi explained why our founding fathers created the Second Amendment as a way for citizens to fight back against a tyrannical government that does not follow the rule of law. Even Ed, Kilgore of the New York magazine was taken back.
First time I read about this, I thought maybe Suozzi was joking. Apparently not.
Devlin also said, “To suggest his comments meant anything else or that he was advocating for an armed insurrection against the existing president is both irresponsible and ridiculous.”
Suozzi made the comment about the Second Amendment when a constituent asked him a question about Trump and the United States’ “constitutional system of checks and balances.”
Suozzi predicted the issue could be “going to the courts as well.”
Suozzi was elected to Congress in 2016 and is seeking re-election this fall.
Check out Suozzi’s comments in the video below…
Here is the entire townhall his comments were toward the end…