Hopefully writing this article does not result in prosecution, however, I will take my chances. Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has “threatened prosecution for people who make fun of Congress online” TheBlaze.com reported. Wilson’s comments come after ProPublica wrote about a secret Facebook group for members of current and former Border Patrol agents.
Supposedly posts in the private group “joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas” amongst other satires.
The group is named “I’m 10-15” and has roughly 9,500 members from across the country. According to ProPublica, “10-15 is Border code for ‘aliens in custody.”
Certainly, a group that large is hard to control all comments and posts, but Rep. Wilson has the answer: prosecution. Wilson addressed the media as she was with other members of Congress visiting a child detention center for unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants in Homestead, Florida. She said, “those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace…we’re going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down and they should be prosecuted.”
She went on to address legality: “you cannot intimidate members of Congress, threaten members of Congress, it is against the law and it’s a shame in this United States of America.” Well there you have it, exercising freedom of speech is also breaking the law, according to Wilson. If making fun of Congress on social media is against the law, what is defamation, lies, and drawings of the severed head of the President of the United States?
At least Wilson “did concede, however, that the children were being looked after in a clean environment.”