Georgia GOP candidate threatens Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders in video, compares socialists to terrorists
A Republican congressional candidate in Georgia recently released a video in which he targets New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Marine veteran says in the clip that he'll fight socialists in Congress the same way he fought terrorists.
Republican Harrison Floyd's campaign video shows images of AOC and Sanders and then a clip of himself firing a rifle in a combat setting. His voiceover says: "I’ll fight socialists in Congress the same way I fought terrorists in the desert. So help me God."
Floyd, at the beginning of the video, says: "I’m running for Congress because my family and I didn’t fight for our freedoms to allow our country to fall to socialism."
AOC and Sanders are advocates of socialism, with the former calling herself a Democrat socialist.
The video was slammed by Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democratic candidate for Georgia’s seventh congressional district, who said that the clip reflected "violence" and it has no place in the political discourse.
Bourdeaux took to Twitter to slam Floyd's video, tweeting: "Violence has absolutely no place in our public discourse & I denounce this abhorrent video in the strongest possible terms,” she tweeted.
“This message doesn’t represent GA values & for Harrison Floyd to enter this race by inciting violence is wrong," she added.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Flyod is among the multiple Republican candidates in the political race who have made AOC's high-profile progressive proposals a center of their campaigns.
The Marine veteran's controversial video has come amid a heated political season that has seen multiple death threats issued to AOC, the youngest Congresswoman in the country's history, and her ally Representative Ilhan Omar. AOC's staff, in a report in March, had said that the Congresswoman receives so many death threats on a daily basis that they "stiffen" any time someone knocks at the door.