GOP candidate for Florida House kicked off Twitter after post about shooting federal agents
A Republican candidate seeking a House seat in the Florida Legislature had his Twitter account taken down this week after a post about violence against federal agents.
Luis Miguel, who runs in Florida’s House District 20, said on Twitter that under his plan, federal agents could be shot on sight in the state. He told Florida Politics that Twitter informed him that his account had been permanently suspendedwhich he later confirmed to NBC News on Friday.
A Twitter spokesperson said the account was permanently suspended for violating the company’s hateful conduct policy.
Miguel confirmed to NBC News that his Thursday tweet read, “Under my plan, all Floridians will be allowed to shoot the FBI, IRS, ATF and all other Feds on sight!” Let freedom ring!”
The post comes amid heightened threats against the FBI after agents executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s property in Florida. Last week, a gunman attacked an FBI field office in Cincinnati and was fatally shot by law enforcement.
On Friday, two top congressional Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent letters to social media companies regarding “a flood of violent social media threats” that pose a danger to law enforcement.
“We urge you to take immediate action to address any threats of law enforcement violence that appear on your company’s platforms,” committee chair Carolyn Maloney of New York and Rep. Stephen Lynch wrote. of Massachusetts, which leads the subcommittee on national security.
The letters – sent to Meta, Twitter, TikTok, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, Telegram and Gab – also requested information on how social media companies are responding to threats.
Speaking to NBC News, Miguel insisted he didn’t condone the violence.
“I in no way advocate any form of vigilante, extrajudicial, illegal or other violence against federal agents,” he said.
Miguel argued that his tweet was referring to planned legislation that would require federal agencies to obtain Florida permission to operate in the state, and that people could protect themselves from threats to their life or property. .
He said he found out about Twitter’s suspension on Friday morning when he verified his account and filed an appeal with the social media company.
Earlier on Friday, Miguel defended the tweet in an interview with Florida Politics, saying what he wrote was justified because the IRS has been “armed by dissenting forces” — an apparent reference to misleading characterizations of some Republicans that the tax agency musters an armed force of 80,000 agents to target the average American.
Miguel also said Instagram deleted a similar post on Friday. On Friday night, it looked like the account had been deleted.
A representative for Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, said on Friday that its Instagram and Facebook accounts had been deleted. The spokesperson did not specify why.
Miguel is on Tuesday’s primary ballot with state Rep. Bobby Payne, another Republican. They are the only two candidates, according to the Florida Department of State.