State legislator Rodney Garcia contends constitution says socialists ought to be prison or shooting, according to Billings Gazette
The Republican party of Montana has censured a district legislator who insists the US constitution says socialists ought to be jailed or shot.
According to the Billings Gazette, in responding to a pronunciation in Helena on Friday by former US interior secretary Ryan Zinke, Billings state representative Rodney Garcia said ” he was concerned about socialists ‘entering our authority’ and socialists ‘everywhere’ in Billings, before saying national constitutions supposed to say to either hit socialists or put them in jail “.
According to the paper, Zinke, who served in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2018, replied:” You know, Montana’s a great state .”
Garcia said:” We have to do something .”
Zinke did not continue the exchange, the Gazette reported.
As the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is described as a Democratic progressive, has surged in the Democratic primary, Donald Trump has focused much of his political messaging on the expected perils of socialism.
In his Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, for example, the president said:” I think of communism when I think of Bernie … I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist .”
He also claimed Sanders got married in Moscow. Sanders has announced his 10 -day visit to Soviet Russia in 1988” a very strange honeymoon “.
Garcia’s Democratic adversary in the last election cycle was Amelia Marquez, a trans Sanders follower who describes herself as a democratic progressive. She told the Gazette she wished” Garcia would continue to focus on the issues rather than this constant annoy over things that are somewhat incongruous “.
Asked by the Gazette to clarify his remarks, Garcia was unrepentant.
” So actually in the constitution of the United Commonwealth[ if] they are found guilty of being a socialist member you either go to prison or are shot ,” he said.
The Gazette said Garcia, who said socialism was ” very dangerous” for Montana, could not say where the constitution says socialists should be hit or penitentiary, but repeated that he thought it should happen.
” They’re enemies of the free state ,” Garcia said.” What do we do with our opponents in war? In Vietnam,( Afghanistan ), all those. What did we do ?”
In a statement, the Montana Republican party said it” wholeheartedly deplores the comment that was made and under no event is violence against someone with resisting political vistums acceptable “.
” Nothing in national constitutions of the United Nation authorises the government to punish socialists or anyone else on the basis of their political sentiments ,” he said, adding that political communication is protected under the first amendment and the territory physique of Montana, which regime representatives swear to uphold,” expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of political beliefs “.