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Civil Rights Group Blasts Pinellas Candidate for Hanging Statement

By By Mitch Perry, For Spectrum Bay News 9, On 05 December 2019, Read Original
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The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) is blasting Pinellas County Republican congressional candidate George Buck for statements on a fundraising letter suggesting that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and others be executed by hanging.

  • George Buck running in Florida's 13th Congressional District
  • His email said "We should hang these traitors"
  • Republicans respond critically to his remarks

The Tampa Bay Times reported on Tuesday that Buck, a candidate running for Congress in Florida's 13th Congressional District which encompasses most of Pinellas County, proposed hanging Omar and four other Democrats in a fundraising email sent out last week.

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"Encouraging acts of deadly violence targeting elected officials is a very serious matter that should not be tolerated, especially when they are coming from anybody aspiring to hold public office," said CAIR-Florida's CEO Hassan Shibly in a statement on Wednesday. "George Buck's vicious statements are dangerous and incite the same groups that have committed such acts in the past."

Shibly went on to call for a "swift public condemnation from Republican Party state and national officials and for George Buck's public apology."

Some Republicans have responded critically to Buck's comments. 

"There's no place for inciting violence in politics," said Republican House Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana.