Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson wants internet trolls who make fun of members of Congress shut down and prosecuted.
Speaking to a group of reporters in her district, Wilson said via the Washington Examiner: “Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is 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,” the Florida congresswoman continued. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”
The Daily Caller reports:
ProPublica revealed Monday that more than 9,000 former and current Border Patrol agents are allegedly part of a secret Facebook group where inflammatory pictures and comments are regularly posted.
Wilson also lamented that Trump has “taken this country to its knees,” noting how people have lost respect for Congress, the media and the White House.
“This is something we are working on,” Wilson said in reference to the Facebook group. “Let’s be glad we found it and we’re going to correct it and we’re going to shut it down.”
Customs and Border Protection launched an investigation into the private Facebook group, ProPublica reported Tuesday.
The Washington Examiner adds:
A May 2019 Gallup poll recorded a 20% approval rating for Congress, whose approval rating has not hit 30% in 10 years.
Wilson has long been a critic of the president, whom she has claimed is “crazy” and suffering from “a brain disorder.” She waded into a public feud with the White House in October 2017, when she listened in on a phone call that Trump made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017. Wilson claimed that Trump told the Gold Star widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”
The White House denied her characterization of the phone call, with then-White House chief of staff John Kelly saying he was “stunned” that a member of Congress would listen to and publicize such a private conversation.
Watch Wilson’s comments below: