Republicans have disavowed a GOP candidate running for Congress in Florida.
George Buck said in a fundraising email that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) should be hanged because she committed treason, citing claims that shes a secret foreign agent working on behalf of Qatar.
“We should hang these traitors where they stand,” the email from Bucks campaign stated, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Buck, who lost in a bid for Congress in 2018, is attempting to win the same seat again in 2020, for Floridas 13th Congressional District. The district is currently represented by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.).
Buck initially denied sending the statement but said in a second statement: “Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law.”
Based on the email, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) decided to remove Buck from the National Republican Congressional Committees “Young Guns” program. The program helps Republican candidates running in certain districts.
“Leader McCarthy made the decision to remove him and Chairman [Rep. Tom] Emmer agrees,” Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the committee, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement that “theres 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.
Pinellas County GOP chairman Todd Jennings also denounced Buck, writing in a statement: “There is no room for this kind of inflammatory rhetoric in either political party. No one should ever condone a candidates call for violence.”
Bucks campaign website describes him as a “conservative” and “America-first Republican.” Issues listed include “protect the unborn,” “defend the 2nd Amendment,” “stop illegal immigration,” and “support President Trump.”
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