U.S Rep. Bill Posey has asserted President Joe Biden’s “minions” employ tactics from the former East Germany to suppress political dissent.
“Seems someone has walked on to the world stage and smeared half of America as domestic terrorists,” Posey posted on Facebook, “and here at home, his minions have spawned a new American Stasi to oppress them.”
The comments came as Biden traveled abroad for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Posey’s message included a link to a Brittanica entry on the history of the Stasi, a secret-police force established in the Soviet-occupied section of Germany after World War II. Known internationally for punishing dissent from the ruling socialist party, the force was disbanded in 1990, shortly after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany the next year.
Posey, in the wake of the presidential election, staunchly defended legal challenges by former President Donald Trump and helped push conspiracy theories about election fraud. The morning of Jan. 6, he sent out a statement detailing allegations about election software and hardware, and was among a dozen representatives in Florida to vote against certifying the election.
“Reports of massive voter fraud and the locking out (of) legal election observers must be investigated immediately by the Department of Justice,” he said then. “The right to vote is not only a Constitutional Right, but a civil right, and must be protected. Running fair and transparent elections is something America must live up to.”
The same day, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol and disrupted the certification process. Many have been arrested, including 18 Florida residents.
Posey decried the violence while defending his vote against certification.
“America has always been first, and foremost, about the rule of law, and that must be respected,” he said in a statement that day. “I’m disappointed that today’s Congressional proceedings over counting and challenging electoral votes were disrupted by a small number of individuals who breached Capitol security. I’m grateful to our law enforcement for their courage in protecting the Capitol Building, and the public, and urge everyone to respect their authority. I share the frustration of many Americans who do not feel they are being treated fairly, but we can and should do better.”
Posey voted against the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate what led to the riot at the Capitol.