Michael Waltz received death threats for certifying Joe Biden’s win

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He's reported calls to the Capitol Police.

Rep. Michael Waltz said he has received death threats since voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

“We have received threats. We reported those threats to the Capitol Police,” he told Bay News 9 reporter Samantha Jo Roth in video shared on Twitter. “I think it’s sickening. It breaks my heart.”

The angry calls began after Waltz changed his position on certifying several battleground states Biden won.

Waltz had previously signed onto an amicus brief supporting a Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to throw out election results from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. When that failed, Waltz signaled he planned to challenge slates of electors in Congress.

But those proceedings last Wednesday were interrupted by violent supporters of President Donald Trump after Vice President Mike Pence declined to reject the electors outright.

Amid the attempted insurrection, Waltz reversed course and said he would not object to Biden’s victory and would instead work toward a peaceful transition of power.

But many Trump supporters sneered at the change of heart and have now made threats on the Congressman and his staff.

“I’m used to receiving death threats from Al Qaeda and terrorist organizations given my background as a special forces soldier,” Waltz told Roth. “But to receive them from fellow Americans, to receive them from even conservatives, it’s just heartbreaking.”

He felt the hostile calls did not represent all Republicans.

“We are better,” he said. “I want everyone to know, I hear you.”

Waltz was ultimately the only member of Florida’s congressional delegation to vote down challenges to Pennsylvania and Arizona objections after initially signaling support; challenges to other states lost all Senate support following the riots.

At the same time, Waltz has made clear he does not favor a response to riots favored by Democratic leadership, and last week condemned any discussion of impeaching Trump for his role in provoking rioters.

 

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 12, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Wow a Republican! Thank you sir ! The rest of the goptrump death cult goons are brainwashed and braindead ! Yes you Rutherford and Nazi Rick!

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