A Florida Congresswoman vowed to shut down and prosecute internet users for… wait for it… making fun of our esteemed members of Congress.
Who: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
What: “Those people who are online, making fun of members of Congress, are a disgrace,” she said. “And there’s no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable. We’re gonna shut them down, and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted. You cannot intimidate members of Congress, threaten members of Congress. It is a shame, and it is against the law in this United States of America.”
Editor’s note: We have no idea what Wilson meant when she said “there’s no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable.” Sometimes our moral betters in Congress have trouble with the English language.
Where: A press conference outside the Homestead detention center for migrant children in Homestead, Florida.
Why it matters: Members of Congress – particularly Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – have visited migrant detention facilities this week, and reported back obviously-exaggerated stories, like migrants being forced to drink from toilets, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has denied. She also allegedly screamed at a Border Patrol agent. For her brazen attitude, she has taken heat online, and it appears that Wilson was defending Ocasio-Cortez. There is also a larger narrative at play – anti-conservative bias on social networks, which has cost figures like Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopoulos their livelihoods.
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