Another GOP candidate, Martin Hyde, says he wants to shoot FBI agents
Martin Hyde. Image via Facebook.

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Is shooting law enforcement becoming a new cause for the far Right?

Another day in Florida Politics, another congressional candidate threatening to kill the FBI.

Martin Hyde, a Republican running in Florida’s 16th Congressional District, uploaded a video this weekend to YouTube where he reportedly said he would have killed the FBI agents who raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

“I wish they’d turn up at my home ’cause they’d have gone home in a body bag,” Hyde said, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Hyde is running against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan in an Aug. 23 Republican Primary.

He’s not the first far-right candidate for public office who expressed similar thoughts. Luis Miguel, a Republican challenging state Rep. Bobby Payne in House District 20, tweeted all Americans should be allowed to shoot federal law enforcement showing up with a judicially approved warrant, though in fewer words.

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

That commentary earned Miguel a permanent suspension from Twitter — and national coverage from NBC News and the New York Post.

Hyde’s controversial post also has been taken down from YouTube — not by the platform, but by the candidate himself. “The video has been removed by the uploader,” reads a message on the page now. Links from Hyde supporters on Facebook show the video was titled: “This is who I am — Martin Hyde” with the description, “Talking about the outrageous attack on President Trump’s home.”

Hyde declined to comment on the substance of the video for Florida Politics.

“My imminent lawsuit against you prevents me from commenting,” he texted. “You’ll get my side in the court papers.”

Hyde threatened to sue Florida Politics over a report of a dispute with an ex-girlfriend, who reported to police he was acting suicidal.

Of course, this isn’t the first time he has threatened law enforcement. He notoriously promised professional repercussions for a Sarasota police officer who pulled him over and gave him a traffic citation in February, an extended exchange captured on film by police bodycams. That exchange went viral and nearly ended his congressional campaign.

But it gained him media attention, just as a racist rant captured on video where he told the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club to kick teenagers off a court because he was a member. “I don’t know what drugs they are on,” he said on video, and he later confirmed telling the Puerto Rican children to “cut some grass.”

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]


14 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    August 22, 2022 at 11:42 am

    The so called conservative Christian fascists have gone full terrorist. Call in the Army..and annihilate the fascist entities.

    • Sarah Rosenstein

      August 24, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      There’s a video on YouTube where random leftist radicals are asked to define the word “fascist” and they couldn’t. You reminded me of that video.

      • Sarah Rosenstein

        August 24, 2022 at 1:02 pm

        You would prefer to shout “racists” instead of “fascists” except that good wholesome Americans such as Dinesh D’Souza’s throws that right back at you, let’s go with “fascists”. I believe the 1930’s Italians would be greatly offended by your false accusation on what a fascist is, as you’re only diminishing what happened historically by doing so.

  • Linda Tower

    August 22, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Is Martin Hyde going to get ANY votes other than his own?

    • Chuck Anziulewicz

      August 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      For Martin Hyde, ANY press coverage is GOOD press coverage.

  • Rene

    August 22, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Five months ago a police officer pulled Martin Hyde over for goin 57 in a 40 mph zone while texting. He almost immediately ponded by threatening her job. (First hinting, then flat out stating.) Video link below.

    So…is anyone surprised by his response to the fbi doing their job?

    https://youtu.be/SunGGUktKok

    • LaleDavidson

      August 23, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      I saw this. Truly shocking. Clearly, his attitude is, I’m a rich white guy and really influential, so you shouldn’t give me a ticket, and if you do, I’ll get you fired.

    • Sarah Rosenstein

      August 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      If an empty bluff during a moment of anxiety is the worst a candidate exhibits then it bothers me none. A wise person would elect the candidate who’s going to vote on issues the way they’d vote, but we don’t have very many wise people on America anymore.

  • Eugene Gress

    August 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    The Constitution says in plain English, What it says, And means, Exactly what it says, Period. Just as Companies have to Run something through,” LEGAL,” To determine, if they can, and ” CANNOT”, Do what they want to do; So the Washington Criminal Clowns, should have to. There would be a Whole lot of feet up on the desks, watching Flies on the Celings, because The ” MORONS” couldn’t force their Criminal, Anti Constitutional Agendas Through. Good will prevail. John Rambo, once said” Stop Pushing it, Let it Go , or I will give you a War you Won’t Believe” Great Statement.

  • King Government Bullies

    August 23, 2022 at 5:37 am

    “Is shooting law enforcement becoming a new cause for the far Right?”
    No, that’s a left wing thing, as we see every few days in Biden’s America. Merely because Republicans support law enforcement, however, does not mean we are going to put up with Merrick Garland’s Stasi tactics. The Central Government now fears the people–the history of the last six years proves that well. They should fear the people, for if they don’t they follow the same brutal authoritarian course that is a hallmark of this paranoid administration. Is the government shooting the people the new cause of Ogles and the fellow Bolsheviks that can be read here? It seems, if we are going to consider 87,000 new IRS agents, each prepared to shoot citizens, to be taken as evidence.

    • nail

      August 23, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      You have been out of touch with reality for much too long, but thanks for the rundown on the trumpers.
      desantis and trump encourage these actions I would just like to see the Republican policy platform. Haven’t heard or seen anything about what the Republicans stand for- only hearing grievance and victimization from all the Republican politicians.
      Scary thought, but the Republicans will need to actually put together policies when they come in to power again. Oh wait, they could try and block the ACA again, or that thought that Rick Scott has to overturn the Social Security and Medicare. Then again maybe infrastructure week could begin again, or an immigration policy could be discussed, or an energy policy, or equal rights amendment, carried interest, etc etc etc.
      Don’t hold your breath, appears entertainment politics is all that is understood by the Republican party.
      It starts with desantis. He has gone to far and now the Never trumpers, the largest group of Cheney and Bush, have thrown him to the wives. He hasn’t got a chance….BTW the Never trumpers in Fl are answering polls as Republicans, because they were asked not to change their party, just to make it a little more interesting.

  • Sarah Rosenstein

    August 24, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    “Martin Hyde, says he wants to shoot FBI agents”

    That’s kind of what he said, but not exactly what he said. A little bit of a propaganda stretch with the headline. I think a few people have said the same thing about the Gestapo in Germany 1930’s. One may argue today’s FBI isn’t anything like Nazi Germany Gestapo, but some people would probably disagree, especially when it happens to them.

  • Jay

    August 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, America needs a strong centrist party that focuses on pressing issues, and while being soft touch with people’s feelings, not being slave to them. It seems people will reject a good idea just because it came from the other side. I’m certain we all have much more in common than it appears through partisan politics.

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