Black Republican Threatened In Scary Hoax

Black Republican Threatened In Scary Hoax

( – Lavern Spicer, a Republican candidate running for Congress in Florida’s 24th District, received a message on X (formerly Twitter) from an individual who claimed an intention to harm her parents.

Spicer, an African-American, received a message from a verified X user who used a racial slur and threatened harm to her parents, stating, “I’m at your parents’ place, and I’m going to kill them.” She later shared a screenshot of the message, urging the social media platform to alert the authorities promptly.

“I urge X to report this to law enforcement now, as they are threatening harm to my parents. This is what happens when you’re a conservative Black woman speaking the truth!” she tweeted. “X has the credit card information for this account because of the Blue check.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Spicer told news correspondents that X had not responded. Describing the incident as “horrible,” she strongly disapproved of the message.

“As a Black Republican, I’m accustomed to this kind of behavior, and it’s disgraceful,” she stated. “Fortunately, I’ve spoken with my parents, and they are safe. It was simply a troll message from a misguided racist who needs to find Jesus and embrace him,” she added.

Spicer is vying to replace Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson and will compete against two other Republican candidates in Florida’s August 20 primary. In 2020, she ran against Wilson and secured only 20 percent of the vote, while Wilson, in office since 2011, was reelected with 75 percent. In 2022, Spicer made another attempt but was defeated in the primaries by Jesus Navarro, who is also seeking the GOP nomination in 2024.

Spicer urged X to investigate the troubling message, noting a reduction in threats since Elon Musk assumed control of the platform.

Over the last couple of years, there has been an apparent increase in threats targeting political figures. During the holidays, several lawmakers, such as Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, New York Representative Brandon Williams, and Florida Senator Rick Scott, faced swatting incidents. Swatting involves fake emergency calls that lead SWAT teams to respond to supposed violent situations.

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