Uproar, death threats over West’s new chief of staff and her ballots-vs.-bullets remarkby George Bennett | November 11th, 2010
Republican Rep.-elect Allen West’s selection of fiery conservative radio talker Joyce Kaufman to be his congressional chief of staff has caused a national stir since The Palm Beach Post‘s Jose Lambiet broke the news of West’s plans Monday night.
Among the Kaufman clips ricocheting around the Internets is the above one of her remarks at a July 3 tea party rally in which she says (around the 6:00 mark): “I don’t care how this gets painted by the mainstream media, I don’t care if this shows up on YouTube, because I am convinced the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow featured the clip on her show Tuesday night. When PostOnPolitics went to interview Kaufman at WFTL on Wednesday morning, the meeting was delayed while a police detective spoke to Kaufman about death threats Kaufman said came in after Maddow’s show.
Kaufman made the ballots-vs.-bullets remark after saying that if West didn’t get elected, “there is no hope for this country.” She then quoted the portion of the Declaration of Independence that says: “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
But Kaufman said Wednesday she wasn’t suggesting that if West lost, people should resort to bullets to alter or abolish the government. She said that would only be the case “if they take away your ballots. Losing an election is not losing your right to vote. It’s losing an election….
“I have not done anything in this community but help people get more involved and activated in politics. I have never incited violence,” Kaufman said.
Watch the whole video and form your own opinion.
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