State legislator Rodney Garcia contends constitution says socialists ought to be penitentiary or shooting, according to Billings Gazette

The Republican party of Montana has rebuked a state legislator who contends the US constitution says socialists should be incarcerated or shot.

According to the Billings Gazette, in responding to a speech in Helena on Friday by former US interior secretary Ryan Zinke, Billings state representative Rodney Garcia said ” he was concerned about socialists ‘entering our government’ and socialists ‘everywhere’ in Billings, before saying the constitution told me to either shoot progressives or introduce 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 “re going to have to” got 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 belief dangers 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 progressive but far beyond a socialist .”

He too claimed Sanders got married in Moscow. Sanders has called his 10 -day visit to Soviet Russia in 1988” a very strange honeymoon “.

Garcia’s Democratic rival in the last election cycle was Amelia Marquez, a trans Sanders ally 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 concern over things that are somewhat ludicrous “.

Asked by the Gazette to clarify his remarks, Garcia was unrepentant.

” So actually in the constitution of the United States[ 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 film or incarcerated, but reiterate that he thought it should happen.

” They’re enemies of the free state ,” Garcia said.” What do we do with our opponents in crusade? In Vietnam,( Afghanistan ), all those. What did we do ?”

In a statement, the Montana Republican party said it” wholeheartedly denounces the comment that was made and under no situation is violence against someone with opposing political considers acceptable “.

The Washington Post requested Anthony Johnstone, a constitution professor at the University of Montana, to analyse Garcia’s claim.

” Nothing in the constitution of the United State authorises the government to punish socialists or anyone else on the basis of their political ideologies ,” he said, adding that political addres is protected under the first amendment and the commonwealth physique of Montana, which state representatives swear to uphold,” expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of political sentiments “.

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