Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) told Bold TV he was “not calling for the use of guns or violence against our sitting president in any way, shape or form” in a townhall recording obtained by The New York Post saying that President Donald Trump’s opponents could use the Second Amendment to pressure the president for extrajudicial actions.
Suozzi’s comments come in the wake of criticism against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for encouraging people to “create a crowd and you push back” against members of the Trump administration.
“That was completely misrepresented by the crazy right media and the bloggers and the type, and what I was doing at the meeting was talking about the Second Amendment and what the purpose of the Second Amendment was when it was set up by the founders of our nation,” Suozzi said. “And the idea is that if the government becomes a tyranny, it’s the obligation of the people to revolt. I’m not calling for the use of guns or violence against our sitting president in any way, shape or form. And that’s just a misrepresentation and a result of the toxic nature of what some people are trying to promote, and I’m not going to fall into that trap.”
“The reality is that Democrats and Republicans need to work together to solve problems to try and make people’s lives better,” Suozzi said. “People are sick and tired of the finger-pointing in Washington, D.C., and you know what? This is a serious business and real people’s lives are being affected by it, and we need to get to the point where we’re recognizing how serious this business really is.”
Earlier in the conversation with Bold TV, Suozzi mentioned his position as vice chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House. The caucus is comprised of 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans and seeks common ground to solve problems.
“People are sick and tired of these politicians, they’re sick of the Democrat-Republican business, they want us to solve problems,” Suozzi said.
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.