Homestead, FL – Democratic Florida Representative Frederica Wilson has declared that people who are “making fun of members of Congress” online should face criminal charges for expressing their opinions.
Wilson made her announcement during a press conference outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Tuesday, according to 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,” Wilson said during her somewhat confusing address.
It is unclear who Wilson proposes should be responsible for monitoring and prosecuting citizens who criticize members of Congress.
“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she declared. “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.”
Wilson also blamed President Donald Trump for the public’s lack of respect for the media, Congress, and the White House, the Washington Examiner reported.
She refused to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address in 2018, after declaring that the President is “so hateful towards black people, according to Breitbart.
In 2017, Wilson laughed about having politicized President Trump’s phone call to the pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, the Washington Examiner reported.
Sgt. Johnson, a father of two young children with a baby on the way, was killed in the line of duty in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017.
Wilson listened in on the phone call, then claimed that the President told the grieving widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blasted Wilson for mischaracterizing the phone call, and said he was “stunned” that a member of Congress had the audacity to listen in and publicly comment on such a private conversation in the first place.
Kelly said that the purpose of President Trump’s call to Sgt. Johnson’s wife was to recognize her husband’s bravery and sacrifice as a “fallen hero,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“There’s no reason to enlist,” Kelly said. “He enlisted, and he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. That was the message.”
Wilson laughed about her role in the controversy, and seemed to be more focused on the attention it drummed up for her.
“You mean to tell me that I’ve become so important that the White House is following me and my words?” she laughed, according to the Washington Examiner. “This is amazing. That’s amazing. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now.”
You can watch a clip of Wilson’s comments about prosecuting citizens who mock her in the video below: