A backlash ensued on Tuesday after Carl Nett, a Republican candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State, tweeted a threat against Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky) over his stance on the National Rifle Association. Nett, who used to work in the Secret Service, suggested using the Democrat for target practice.
Yarmouth was boasting about his F rating with the NRA.
“I’m so proud of my @NRA rating, I’ll wear it on my chest,” he tweeted. “I invite my colleagues to join me in wearing our F ratings every day until the GOP finally stands up to the gun lobby and helps us pass common sense gun safety legislation. Find me to get a pin.”
I’m so proud of my @NRA rating, I’ll wear it on my chest. I invite my colleagues to join me in wearing our F ratings every day until the GOP finally stands up to the gun lobby and helps us pass common sense gun safety legislation. Find me to get a pin. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/sOECS54QOK
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) March 19, 2018
Nett replied but his tweet has now been deleted after the backlash.
That didn’t go down well with the FBI.
“FBI Louisville is aware of the tweet and is working with our law enforcement partners to determine the best course of action,” spokesman David Habich told The Courier-Journal.
A spokesman for Yarmuth told the Courier-Journal that in the wake of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise’s shooting last year that Capitol Police “have directed officers to be diligent in reporting all threats to members’ safety. They are aware of this situation.”
“Friends, I protected Barack Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton,” Nett tweeted later. “I voted for none of them. I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost.”
Friends, I protected Barack Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. I voted for none of them. I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost.
— Carl B. Nett (@realCarlNett) March 20, 2018
The threat didn’t go down well on Twitter.
.@realCarlNett bragged about protecting @BarackObama in response to this controversy, but in Dec. 2016 he tweeted how he “bailed” on protecting #Obama because he didn’t want to be a “bullet sponge for just anybody.” pic.twitter.com/etLBL5hzVJ
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) March 20, 2018
Delete the tweet, Carl.
— Jim Higdon (@jimhigdon) March 20, 2018
“Friends, I threatened a Congressman because he could take away my toys. All politicians and citizens should know this. And that I don’t understand how the Constitution works” pic.twitter.com/Xc50Bk95JW
— Juan, © 2018 (@ecuamerican) March 20, 2018
When you threaten to shoot someone over their free speech, it kinda negates everything you just said. Some family Christian-taliban values on display in KY lately.
— ghost of tom joad (@ReeceTheButcher) March 20, 2018
where does “murdering congressmen I disagree with” show up in the Constitution, Carl?
— May 11 1863 Stonewall Jackson (@sas_stimpy) March 20, 2018
And yet you had no problem encouraging violence against an elected official. You’re part of the problem, brah.
— Bob Zuercher (@bobzuercher) March 20, 2018
Just not for US Senators right? We had a school shooting and a bombing today and you tweet something like that. You aren’t fit for any office.
— Lynn (@LynnDgollar) March 20, 2018
That blue wave is coming, Mr. Nett.
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