JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida lawmaker who represents the state’s eleventh district is clarifying a tweet posted by his spouse, and each have since left Twitter.
The tweet has since been taken down and was in response to the siege of the U.S. Capitol. The publish was made by the spouse of Rep. Wire Byrd, R-Neptune Seaside.
The tweet by his spouse, Esther, learn: “Within the coming civil wars (We the Folks vs the Radical Left and We the Folks cleansing up the Republican Celebration), workforce rosters are being stuffed. Each elected official in DC will choose one. There are solely 2 groups… With Us [or] In opposition to Us.”
News4Jax requested Byrd particularly concerning the opening line: “Within the coming civil wars.”
“No, and I snigger since you’re in journalism and folks use hyperbole on a regular basis,” Byrd replied. “The speaker of the home has mentioned, and I quote, ‘I simply don’t know why there aren’t uprisings everywhere in the nation.’”
Byrd mentioned his spouse’s publish speaks to a struggle of concepts or division inside the Republican occasion, not an precise civil struggle amongst residents.
“Proper, and folks speak about civil wars within the Republican occasion,” Byrd replied. “There are factions. Folks imagine various things. It was a determine of speech and that’s the way it was supposed.”
However the Duval County Democratic Celebration didn’t see it that means.
“We noticed a president that was hyperbolic that very same day and induced hundreds of individuals to flood the Capitol — break-in and put the nation in a state it’s by no means been in and severely trigger questions if our democracy was going to outlive,” mentioned Daniel Henry, chair of the Duval Democratic Celebration. “I feel we’ve gone past the purpose of hyperbolic feedback. She is aware of higher.”
As of Monday, Byrd and his spouse had deactivated their accounts as a type of protest to what they view as censorship on the web site. As reported by Florida Politics, Esther Byrd wrote Friday on Fb that they have been leaving the platform:
“We deactivated our Twitter accounts at present. I hope each conservative will do the identical,” she posted.
Esther Byrd shouldn’t be completely out of the political highlight. She not too long ago ran for Neptune Seaside Metropolis Council.
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