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Cord Byrd downplays wife’s ‘coming civil wars’ language as ‘figure of speech’

Byrd said his wife’s statement was metaphorical.

A Florida lawmaker is downplaying his wife’s comments supportive of protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week to derail certification of the presidential election.

Rep. Cord Byrd, who represents HD 11, downplayed the comments by Esther Byrd, his wife, about the “coming civil wars” as just figurative language.

“No, and I laugh because you’re in journalism and people use hyperbole all the time,” Byrd told WJXT Tuesday. “The Speaker of the House has said, and I quote, ‘I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country.’”

Asked to clarify that statement, Byrd said “people talk about civil wars in the Republican Party.”

“There are factions. People believe different things. It was a figure of speech and that’s how it was intended.”

The full statement from Mrs. Byrd: “In the coming civil wars (We the People vs the Radical Left and We the People cleaning up the Republican Party), team rosters are being filled. Every elected official in DC will pick one. There are only 2 teams… With Us [or] Against Us,” she mused. “We the People will NOT forget!”

The Byrds left Twitter in recent days, but the news cycle isn’t quite through with them.

Byrd is currently the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Subcommittee. His wife’s controversial comments came at a time when public safety was under literal siege, with pro-Donald Trump hordes storming the Capitol.

As order broke down Wednesday in D.C., Mrs. Byrd asserted that complaints about Trump supporters brawling with the Capitol Police reflected a double standard.

“ANTIFA and BLM can burn and loot buildings and violently attack police and citizens,” Byrd remarked on her personal Facebook page. “But when Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly ‘Law and Order’ is all they can talk about! I can’t even listen to these idiots bellyaching about solving our differences without violence.”

This continues a history of quotable musings from Mrs. Byrd, such as this from last year about “Proud Boys.”

“Why do you think Facebook is throwing people in FB Jail who share information about Proud Boys? (Side note: I must really have great friends cause a whole bunch have been locked up! 😂) I think it’s because they’ve seen a drastic spike in searches and they are worried that people are educating themselves rather than blindly believing what MSM narrative. Anyone have a better theory?”

As well, Mrs. Byrd has made comments supportive of Q Anon after the couple was photographed on a boat flying a Q Anon flag.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Keen Observer

    January 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Me thinks that Rep. Byrd would be wise to get his other half under control. Mrs. Byrd is a loose cannon! As a side note, I think she’s a charlatan who plays on both sides of the GOP “civil war” when it is politically convenient for her to do so. Good thing no one really takes her seriously, as evident by her recent defeat in the Neptune Beach City Council election. LOL!

  2. Daniel Bevarly

    January 12, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Agree Rep. Byrd. There are factions. But let’s not lump them into “People (who) believe different things.” Founder James Madison warned against factions as a threat to our democracy in Federalist Papers #10. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/01-10-02-0178

  3. Sonja Fitch

    January 12, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Bs cord you a believer of the lies! Get out !

  4. Booner

    January 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Quit smirking and start working to uphold the US Constitution. Your wife is a sideshow. Both should be tried for sedition.

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