A New York Democratic congressman is being accused of encouraging violence against President Donald Trump after proposing during a town hall that citizens may have to take up arms against the president if he doesn’t follow the law.
“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?” Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., said during a March 12 Q&A session with constituents in Huntington, on Long Island.
“It’s really a matter of putting public pressure on the president,” he said.
After Suozzi referenced the Second Amendment, a constituent asked him to explain the amendment.
“The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms,” the Democrat said. “That’s why we have it.”
Republicans are accusing Suozzi of promoting violence.
“When resistance and obstruction don’t work out, Tom Suozzi proposes violence,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin said in a statement. “He’s completely out of touch.”
A spokesman for Suozzi did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.
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, who served as Nassau County executive from 2002 to
2009, was elected to Congress in 2016 and is seeking re-election this fall.
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