Twitter ‘permanently suspends’ HD 20 candidate after he advocates shooting federal agents

Miguel Luis
HD 20s Luis Miguel is still on Instagram though.

A Republican candidate for the House from St. Augustine is banned from Twitter after advocating violence against the federal government.

Republican Luis Miguel, running against incumbent Rep. Bobby Payne of Palatka in the redrawn House District 20, was suspended from Twitter after a tweet advocating that Floridians should be able to shoot federal agents on sight.

“Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot FBI, IRS, ATF, and all other federal troops on sight,” Miguel tweeted. “Let freedom ring.”

Miguel told Florida Politics Friday the suspension, which is “permanent” per a message he got on his Twitter app, “doesn’t affect (him) at all.” He stands by the proposal, which he says is justified because the IRS has been “weaponized by dissident forces.”

Miguel is still active on Instagram, where the post advocating shooting federal agents is still displayed, amid a host of other hateful graphics mourning the loss of confederate statues (“Southern memories,” he called them), advocating “complete enforcement” of the Stop Woke Act, and other such shout-outs to the populist right.

“They won’t take our AR-15s,” he vows on one post.

He also is still on Facebook. The same messages recur there.

Payne rejected Miguel’s comments.

“The FBI is law enforcement,” the legislator noted, and regardless of how people felt about any enforcement action, including the controversial seizure of documents from Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago, law enforcement should be respected.

Noting he’d never met the “anti-establishment” Miguel, he said candidates like this without a viable resume often are driven to wild statements to get attention, and their primary function is to “divide the party” in Primaries.

Miguel and Payne are in an open Primary in the new HD 20, a district where Republicans dominate registration, but Democrats and no-party voters can vote in this election.

Miguel raised just over $4,000 as a candidate, meaning social media was key to his messaging. Payne raised nearly $140,000 in hard money and has not needed to spend it against his challenger. He had more than $110,000 on hand as of Aug. 5.

Payne was first elected in 2016, and if re-elected this will be his final term in Tallahassee.

On Friday evening, the Florida Democratic Party issued a statement condemning Miguel.

DeSantis-supporting Republicans are now openly calling for violence against law enforcement and the federal government,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kobie Christian. “Luis Miguel models himself on the right-wing extremism that Ron DeSantis has used to elevate himself onto the national stage.

“If elected, Miguel is promising to pass legislation encouraging ‘on sight’ shooting of law enforcement officials. Governor DeSantis needs to denounce this plan, this candidate, and the escalating attacks on the men and women of law enforcement who uphold our laws.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


58 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    August 19, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Lock the terrorist up for Christ sakes. As the saying goes, “Don’t talk about it…be about it.” Either do it or shut up. If he was a Democrat I’d say just ignore it but because neo nazi terrorist I say lock him up😎

      • Bhimtu

        August 19, 2022 at 12:31 pm

        Right -because the OP is calling for this violent man to be held accountable for his violent commentary. We don’t need more like Miguel. We don’t need him, period.

        • you're mom

          August 19, 2022 at 3:06 pm

          the insult was directed at the blatant hypocrisy. OP literally said that if it was a democrat saying this, it would be fine. This is something I’d expect out of the CCP, not united states discourse.

      • Joe Corsin

        August 19, 2022 at 1:14 pm

        Socialist…and not of the authoritarian kind. The democratic kind…the kind you people wouldn’t understand if it jumped up your bung and exploded.

        • Meeze

          August 20, 2022 at 10:12 am

          What’s a “bung?”

      • Ewe

        August 19, 2022 at 8:09 pm

        And you’re running to represent all of the constituents ? Get back inside your cradle and take your pacifier with you.

      • Will

        August 19, 2022 at 10:11 pm

        Bahaha , you need to revisit the definition of communism

        • Joe Corsin

          August 20, 2022 at 10:30 am

          You don’t know your meat stick from your azzhole buddy 🌭🍩

      • Norma Stitz

        August 20, 2022 at 3:09 pm

        Commies are opposed to the FBI as we have a long history of being persecuted and murdered by them. So this is the only GOP proposal I would actually support. ACAB

        • Karen W.

          August 21, 2022 at 1:09 pm

          Yes, Norma – we realize you’re Communist, you’ve said it SO MANY TIMES. It’s getting to be boring.

          Maybe you should move to N. Korea – I’m sure you’ll love it there. Strictly Communist, and you can revel in your self-imposed identity among people who agree.

    • Jen Farmer

      August 19, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      If he makes it legal to shoot them, its no longer terrorism nor murder. You need to sit down and think seriously about the law and what it actually means.

      • Will

        August 19, 2022 at 10:12 pm

        You need to sit down and realize this is terrorism and I hope the Feds arrest him

      • Karen W.

        August 21, 2022 at 1:10 pm

        So you like his proposed law?

        Seriously?

    • Brad Davis

      August 20, 2022 at 7:02 am

      The threat is so blatantly written it’s not a crime to me, its a ploy to suck in attention from the base and everyone is probably thinking hey man you’re not giving out a plan or any dates to commit this violence-it’s just a a BIG BLUFF DUE TO THE BLUNT OBVIESNOUS OF PUBLICITY STUNT! RIGHT OR NOT?

  • tjb

    August 19, 2022 at 10:45 am

    I thought the Republicans supported Law Enforcement.

    • Bhimtu

      August 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      It’s clear that your assumption….is incorrect. They’re insane. This guy should be at the head of the procession leading straight to jail.

    • CL Jahn

      August 19, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      Now you know better. The part of Lincoln is truly dead, if these are the kinds of people it attracts,

    • Meeze

      August 20, 2022 at 10:11 am

      Not AT ALL. They do love violence and, of course, totalitarianism.

  • Guillermo

    August 19, 2022 at 11:29 am

    The republican party is really going off the deep end, the rally cries of the candidate’s are just pandering to MAGA fanatics. I really hope those on the right can see through the non-sense and bring forth worthy candidates that aren’t in it for personal gain.

  • PeterH

    August 19, 2022 at 11:33 am

    DeSantis’s FLORIDA FREEDUMB CLOWN BUS is filling up fast!

  • Jim

    August 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Based candiacy

    • Norma Stitz

      August 20, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      I would expand to it all law enforcement myself. ACAB

  • Francis Marion

    August 19, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Vote Luis Miguel for State House!

    • Bhimtu

      August 19, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      No. We don’t need more violent men in elected public offices. We need less. There is something wrong with him, and more broadly, Florida.

    • Elliott Offen

      August 19, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      Vote Luis for the Florida electric chair ⚡

    • Bob S

      August 19, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      Careful. If he pulls this off, you could be an accessory to murder. This is no joke.

    • Norma Stitz

      August 20, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      He doesn’t go far enough. Expand it to all law enforcement. The only purpose for the FBI, CIA, and state and local police is to serve the ruling class, uphold capitalism, and criminalize the poor. ACAB

  • Don’t Look Up

    August 19, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Has DeSantis and his endless cadre of MAGA bootlickers publicly renounced this candidate? Oh wait ….I forgot …… while Florida school districts are struggling to find qualified teachers DeSantis is planning a trip up north to rally for racist white nationalist Doug Mastriano.

    Folks you can’t make this stuff up! VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE.

  • Dan Sanchez

    August 19, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I almost wish republicans get everything they want just so this idiot learns the truth the hard way. If republicans got to kill al liberals then his brown ass would be next.

    • the genie

      August 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

      latino isnt bro3wn, stop trying to act like your part of the b african american striggle, latino is just a regionality, its not a race, look it up hispanic is White.

      • Pat Wagner

        August 20, 2022 at 2:07 pm

        True: So why are white nationalists harassing Latinos, asians and evenPacific Islanders in their black attacks. Also true, the better the minorities do , the whole countries GNP..

    • Nany

      August 19, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Truth Social has the toothless uneducated gun toten’ very fine followers standing by their trailers. Sad the only truth they know.

    • Norma Stitz

      August 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      As a communist Latina I dislike liberals only slightly less than rightoids.

      • Just Saying...

        August 25, 2022 at 8:46 am

        As a Latina I’m disappointed to see your narrow-minded lack of acceptance of any diverging view. That’s an inflexible and hateful position. Whatever happened to “agree to disagree” with RESPECT?

    • Norma Stitz

      August 20, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Snitch. You’re the liberals who helped the FBI frame MLK, Jr. and get Fred Hampton assassinated.

  • mary sackrider

    August 19, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    this glows like the hulks balls

    • Moot

      August 19, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      Go back to 4chan you fucking pedophile

  • Harry Pullskin

    August 19, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Indeed

  • Sheila S Franklin

    August 19, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Does Luis Miguel not have a mirror? He should know that the RepubliCon party doesn’t consider him White and if he lived in the days of the Confederacy, he loves, he would be a slave or dead!!

  • Bob bean

    August 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Miguel posted literal calls for terroristic violence. How is that even legal??

    • Amanda HugnKiss

      August 19, 2022 at 8:51 pm

      It’s not.

      It’s sedition. The very definition of it.

      But because he has an R after his name, no consequences will happen.

      Republicans are domestic terrorists.

  • Stu Leventhal

    August 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    If I said let’s shoot any republiKKKan on sight, I’d be locked up. This idiot needs some serious meds…!!! He is nucking futs..!!!

  • Stu Leventhal

    August 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Deservedly so..!!

  • AZWarrior

    August 19, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Just another example of the fact that 10% of any group of people are idiots.

  • Ewe

    August 19, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    The new generation and their sense of entitlement

  • Ewe

    August 19, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Has anyone told this brats parents that they failed miserably?

  • Paulie

    August 19, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    But is he pro life?

  • Greg Klein

    August 19, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I have voted predominantly Republican since I followed Reagan in 1984. It will be years before me, or my wife, vote for any Republican until the GOP is no longer a cult

  • Timefor Youtogo Forever

    August 20, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Based on this piece of sh!ts thinking, I hope someone uses his advice and mistakes him for an IRS or FBI agent and gets this jackass out of the human race!!

  • amanda huginkiss

    August 20, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    based and redpilled

    how could you not vote for luis miguel after this?

    probably because you’re a fa*

    • Norma Stitz

      August 20, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      “redpilled” As a red af communist I agree. ACAB

  • Dan D

    August 20, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I saw this and thought it was just some meme, I didn’t think anyone could POSSIBLY be this stupid. Then I saw he was running for office in Florida and it made sense. SMH.

  • Steamdude

    August 20, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    He’s Hispanic! Quisling. He should be charged with inciting.

  • Walter White

    August 21, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    “Send this brown man back home to his mother country” – said the Conservative Christian Republican

  • kelly w brown

    August 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Keep MLK’s name out of your mouth, paraphrasing his daughter. You don’t get to “claim” his legacy by twisting it to suit your own biases.

  • p

    September 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Send the twit back to Cuba where he belongs

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