In bizarre tweet, Colorado Republican threatens Biden and Beto with an assault rifle in his hand

In bizarre tweet, Colorado Republican threatens Biden and Beto with an assault rifle in his hand

Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District is a special kind of stupid. This is a man who voted against the coronavirus funding on Wednesday, because … well, maybe Mr. Buck believes he can defend himself from COVID-19 with a gun. In a video Buck tweeted out this morning, he threatens former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke for wanting to “take everyone’s AR-15s.” In the video, filmed presumably in the congressman’s office, Buck stands before a decoratively painted AR-15 hanging on the wall and says, “I have a message for Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke. If you want to take everyone’s AR-15 in America, why don’t you swing by my office in Washington, D.C., and start with this one?” Then he takes the gun off the wall, holds it, and says, “Come and take it.”

Here’s a reminder of how dumb and terrible the man who retired from the U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado back in 2001 under a cloud of rumors of malfeasance actually is. Mr. Don’t-Tread-On-Me was sued in 2005 for violating American citizens’ constitutional rights, after he seized the tax information of over 5,000 people in a raid during his time at the Colorado district attorney’s office.

The internets didn’t take too kindly to this kind of chicken hawk bullying, and the ratio Buck got was something to enjoy.

Hey, I was just saying that!

Aren’t they all. Just the worst kind of coward: a rage-filled one. And then some more amusing replies.

And Ken doesn’t really seem to be much in the way of an AR-15 owner.

And finally, a word in the style of Ken’s president.

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