Slip Of Tongue Or Freudian Slip? Republican Questions Democrat Delegate
Democrat Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett has landed herself in hot water with a verbal flub that has Republicans up in arms. During a discussion about former President Trump’s indictment in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, Plaskett appeared to inadvertently state that he “needs to be shot.” While she swiftly attempted to correct herself by saying “stopped,” the damage had already been done.
“Having Trump not only having the codes but now having the classified information for Americans and being able to put that out and share it in his resort with anyone and everything who comes through should be terrifying to all Americans,” she stated.
“And he needs to be shot…stopped,” she added.
The video capturing Plaskett’s statement quickly spread like wildfire across social media platforms, eliciting serious concerns from Twitter users who demanded her immediate removal from office. Critics were quick to label Plaskett’s remark as a Freudian slip, suggesting that her true intentions had been inadvertently revealed.
“Make no mistake, this was no slip of the tongue. This is truly how democrats/the left feel,” one user wrote.
Make no mistake, this was no slip of the tongue. This is truly how democrats/the left feel.
Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands): "[Trump] needs to be shot— stopped."
— John (@not_goodname) June 18, 2023
Conservative communicator Steve Guest highlighted the double standard, wondering aloud about the public outrage that would ensue if a Republican had made such a remark about a Democrat.
Imagine the outrage if a Republican said this about a Democrat. https://t.co/EaW7po7xZm
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 18, 2023
The slip of the tongue did not go unnoticed by WorldStrat Corporation President Jim Hanson, who quipped, “Dontcha’ hate when your mouth says what you are really thinking?”
Dontcha' hate when your mouth says
What you are really thinking? https://t.co/VEvp2f1SeR
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) June 19, 2023
Indeed, the incident raised eyebrows and prompted calls for an investigation into the seeming threat against former President Trump.
One Twitter user voiced their concerns, writing, “This is a direct threat to President Trump, and someone needs to investigate. Plaskett needs to be removed immediately. That’s not a slip of the tongue. She’s an adult. She should be able to handle public speaking with her position.”
This is a direct threat to President Trump and someone needs to investigate. Plaskett needs to be removed immediately. That’s not a slip of the tongue. She’s an adult. She should be able to handle public speaking with her position.#RemovePlaskett https://t.co/RTdOToFbJ9
— Michelle🍊 (@Montchelle66_2) June 18, 2023
Adding fuel to the fire, Plaskett condemned Republicans for espousing the belief in a “two-tiered system” of justice, accusing them of seeking preferential treatment. She dismissed their skepticism of the Department of Justice and the FBI as mere “propaganda.”
Notably, several Republicans have raised concerns about President Joe Biden weaponizing the DOJ to target his chief political rival, Donald Trump.
Ironically, while Plaskett argued that Trump possessing classified documents should terrify Americans, recent polls suggest that the former president has actually garnered more support within the GOP following his indictment for alleged mishandling of classified materials.
Plaskett’s strong opposition to Trump is no secret, as she previously served as one of the House Democratic impeachment managers during the 2021 case against the former president. Alongside her colleagues, she argued that Trump bore sole responsibility for the Capitol riot on January 6th.
Despite their efforts, Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial in February 2021.