U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic Representative Stacey Plaskett accidentally suggested that former President Donald Trump should be “shot” while discussing the classified documents investigation.
On Sunday (June 18), in an appearance on MSNBC, Plaskett, the representative for a nonvoting U.S. territory, criticized Trump’s handling of classified documents.
When she made the comments, Plaskett expressed worry that Trump has the nuclear codes and “classified information” that he could share with anyone, suggesting that thought should be “terrifying to all Americans.”
“He needs to be shot,” Plaskett added before correcting herself and suggesting she meant to say “stopped.”
The video instantly went viral on social media, with several Twitter users taking the comment seriously and calling for Plaskett to be fired.
“Imagine the outrage if a Republican said this about a Democrat,” Steve Guest, a conservative broadcaster, tweeted.
WorldStrat Corporation President, Jim Hanson, added, “Dontcha’ hate when your mouth says What you are really thinking?”
Another Twitter user added on Monday (June 19) that Plaskett’s comments were “a direct threat to President Trump,” suggesting she needed to be investigated and “removed” from her position.
Another Twitter user described the comments as a “Freudian slip,” while Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump, posted the same video with the caption “Lock her up!”
During the interview, Plaskett also said that Trump would “have his day in court” following the former president pleading not guilty to 37 federal charges stemming from an investigation into his handling of classified documents.
Plaskett has held a strong anti-Trump position for years and was the impeachment leader in the case of the former president in 2021, with House impeachment leaders arguing that Trump was “singularly responsible” for the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
Despite efforts by Democrats, Trump was acquitted in February 2021 after a second impeachment trial.
🚨So-called Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett: Donald Trump “needs to be shot— stopped.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 18, 2023