Republicans are disavowing a GOP candidate who said “we should hang” Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.) in a fundraising letter.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Republicans hopeful about bipartisan path forward on police reform legislation Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names McConnell: States should make decision on Confederate statues MORE (R-Calif.) removed Florida congressional candidate George Buck from the party’s Young Guns program, which supports candidates in House races, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Chris Pack confirmed Wednesday.
NRCC head Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Republicans voice optimism on winning back the House following special election victories GOP pulls support from California House candidate over ‘unacceptable’ social media posts Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-Minn.) also agreed with the decision, according to Pack.
The candidate sent a fundraising letter last week calling for the execution of Omar in response to unsubstantiated reports that the congresswoman works for the government of Qatar, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
ADVERTISEMENT“We should hang these traitors where they stand,” the email said.
Buck in an initial statement to the Times denied that he wrote the email, saying “That was not me. I did not see that. I would never talk like that.” But then he sent another statement to the newspaper, which implied he would stand by the letter.
“Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law,” he said in the second comment to the Times.
The Republican Party advocates for party members to donate to Young Guns candidates, who have reached an appropriate threshold of campaign organization. The only other Young Gun candidate vying for Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristGOP sees groundswell of women running in House races The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden’s Tampa rally hits digital snags Biden rise calms Democratic jitters MORE’s (R-Fla.) seat is former health care lobbyist and congressional staffer Amanda Makki, according to the Times.
Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: New America’s Anne-Marie Slaughter says countries around world are deciding not to trust US; All eyes on New York as city begins phased reopening Bottom line Clyburn: Cowed GOP ascribes ‘mystical powers’ to Trump MORE (R-La.) released a statement earlier Wednesday saying, “There’s no place for inciting violence in politics.”
“Instead of doubling down on these disgraceful comments, the candidate ought to apologize unequivocally and denounce these unacceptable statements,” Scalise said in the statement.
The Hill reached out to McCarthy’s office and Buck’s campaign for comment. The NRCC retweeted Politico’s Jake Sherman post on the news.
NEW … The @NRCC and @GOPLeader are removing Republican candidate George Buck from the Young Guns program for saying that @IlhanMN should he hanged. https://t.co/gkrwxI40bq
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 4, 2019
The president and several GOP lawmakers have verbally criticized Omar, who Trump called “an American-hating socialist.” Twitter has previously banned the campaign account for Omar’s opponent, Republican Danielle Stella, after she tweeted lynching comments about Omar.
Updated: 2:59 p.m.
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