Since when did threats of violence become a part of a state representative’s job description? Since when did it become acceptable for an elected official to use bullying and intimidation as a part of his job performance? Well, the answer to those questions became evident in the national headlines made by our very own State Rep. Briscoe Cain.
Cain is a national embarrassment to District 128. To threaten a presidential candidate with violence is not only irresponsible and unprofessional; it’s thug behavior.
Cain claims his Twitter statement “My AR-15 is ready for you, Robert Francis” was “just a joke.” If that’s so, then why did Twitter delete the tweet? Obviously, because it wasn’t funny.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where there are radical groups and sick individuals who can possibly take Cain’s Twitter statement as endorsement for violence against people with different perspectives or opinions.
His Twitter statement demonstrates his lack of leadership and his eagerness to be divisive in an effort to gain national attention and votes. Much of his social media involves pettiness and unsubstantiated facts or memes designed to incite his followers.
Let me offer some clarity to Cain. Beto O’Rourke is only one person and he is not an elected official. However, you are. So act like a respectable statesman.
Here’s more clarity. Beto has no authority to confiscate assault weapons, no matter how many times he says it or gets applause for it. Anyone with critical thinking skills knows that it will take Congress to enact a law to confiscate weapons. And the Second Amendment still gives individuals the right to bear arms. So relax, take a deep breath, Briscoe Cain and put your AR-15 back in the gun safe. It’s still a democracy so there’s no need to act like Rambo.
With all that being said, District 128 needs to re-evaluate whether or not Cain’s decision to post a threat of violence represents our values or serves in the best interest of our community. We deserve to have an elected official who behaves in a dignified and productive manner both online and in person. In this current political environment, it’s essential for a state representative to demonstrate emotional intelligence, thought leadership and possess the maturity to not act out in a thoughtless and reckless manner.
District 128 doesn’t need a state representative who uses his position of power or his Twitter account to intimidate or make threats of violence against a presidential candidate. That is simply wrong and unacceptable. What’s even scarier is that Briscoe Cain either doesn’t get it or he doesn’t care. Or maybe he just doesn’t possess the capability to be a statesman. I vote that it’s all three.
Regardless, it’s time to vote state Rep. Briscoe Cain out of office. Let’s do this, Baytown!