A North Carolina lawmaker is under fire this week after posting an inflammatory rant against Black Lives Matter protesters on Facebook — and encouraged police officers to shoot any who resist arrest, reports The Charlotte Observer.
Republican Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County called protesters “ignorant thugs,” “criminals,” “domestic terrorists” and “vermin,” in the post.
“These vermin don’t care about George Floyd or any other individual, except maybe their financial sponsor, George Soros,” Pittman wrote on Facebook Monday. “They are bent on destroying our country and our way of life, and they will use any tragedy, any slogan, any excuse to convince clueless people that their radical injustice is justice.”
He said if he were in charge he would order police to take back their cities, arrest “these domestic terrorists,” and “If they resist and attack you, shoot them.”
He also attacked his colleagues in public office as “gutless wonders … who are bowing down to Black Lives Matter,” adding, “This is war.”
“Our people have a right to expect our leaders to be on our side, not surrender to the lawless, godless mob,” he wrote.
Pittman, a Republican and a pastor who represents a district in Cabarrus County, is no stranger to controversy.
In 2017, he compared Abraham Lincoln to Hitler.
“Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional,” he wrote.
He later tried to walk that back, saying, “While both Lincoln and Hitler were obviously bad guys, what Hitler did was worse and I apologize if people thought I was putting them in the same league.”
In 2011, he said in a letter to colleagues that doctors who perform abortions should be executed by public hanging. In 2012, he called Planned Parenthood “murder for hire.”