A GOP candidate for Kentucky secretary of state is being investigated by the FBI after he tweeted about using Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth as target practice over his opposition to NRA.
Carl Nett, a former member of the U.S. Secret Service, was responding to a tweet from the Democratic Congressman who was bragging about his “F” grade from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
I’m so proud of my @NRA rating, I’ll wear it on my chest. I invite my colleagues to join me in wearing our F ratings every day until the GOP finally stands up to the gun lobby and helps us pass common sense gun safety legislation. Find me to get a pin. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/sOECS54QOK
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) March 19, 2018
“Move it over just a bit,” Nett said in a now-deleted tweet. “I was trained center mass.”
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) March 20, 2018
Following the intense online backlash to his joke, Nett said he has “protected Barack Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. I voted for none of them. I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost.”
Friends, I protected Barack Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. I voted for none of them. I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost.
— Carl B. Nett (@realCarlNett) March 20, 2018
David Habich, a spokesman for FBI Louisville, said they are also looking into the tweet.
“FBI Louisville is aware of the tweet and is working with our law enforcement partners to determine the best course of action,” Habich said. “The FBI takes seriously all threats of violence.”
A spokesman from Yarmuth’s office told the publication that the Capitol Police were also aware of the situation.