A Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania has come under fire after threatening to physically remove school board members trying to enact mask warrants.
Last weekend, Steve Lynch, Northampton County Executive candidate, delivered a speech at a “Freedom Rally” in Harrisburg, where he coldly suggested forcing elected officials who do not don’t do things their own way.
“Forget about entering those school boards with scary data. You go to these school boards to take them out, ”Lynch said, later adding,“ I’m going in with 20 strong men and I’m going to give them an option – they can leave or they can be taken out, ”he said. declared.
Lynch then turned his threat into a call to arms to other guys who apparently think “force is good” is a valid legal argument.
He suggested that forcing school board members to resign because of a rule designed to help public safety “would give men back to men”:
Men, where are you? Men. Wake up, smell the coffee. Let’s go. Make men great. Make men men. Men, men. Come on, men, I need you. I need you in the coming weeks because when we get into these school boards, we will have everything we need to do to get going with these 9-0 school boards who voted to put those masks back on the kids without any scientist – it’s done.
He added: “This is how you do things.”
Lynch told the audience of 200, “When I see criminals trying to take my rights and my beautiful children and whatever they’re going to do, you’re going to have to take my life. I will die on this hill.
And speaking of hills: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star noted that Lynch attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, which preceded the storming of the United States Capitol.
Although Lynch said he did not engage in violence at the rally, he spread discredited conspiracy theories that the riot was instigated by leftist groups. He also said he didn’t think Joe Biden fairly won the 2020 presidential election.
Lamont McClure, who is Lynch’s opponent in November, told Capital-Star law enforcement should investigate Lynch for the remarks.
He added that since Lynch “participated in and attempted to incite a coup to overthrow our nation” it “does not surprise me at all that he threatens local school boards with violence.”
HuffPost reached out to Lynch for comment, but did not immediately respond.
But Twitter users had some thoughts.
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