Opinions & Features March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm

Should lynching be a federal hate crime? These four U.S. lawmakers say no!

Mohammed Awal March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm

March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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Ted Yoho of Florida

Despite pledging to continuously chastise the “horrific act of lynching” and advocate for the perpetrators of such heinous crimes punished under the law, Yoho still went ahead and opposed the passage of the bill.

Yoho’s reason for siding against the bill was that it is an “overreach” of the federal government – a stance I find senile.

“This bill today is an overreach of the federal government and encroaches on the principles of federalism,” Yoho who’s retiring from Congress told Newsweek in a statement. 

“Hate crimes fall under the jurisdiction of states, which has led to 46 states producing various hate crime statutes. In my home state of Florida, these crimes are already under state government jurisdiction and are punishable up to death.”

“I would much rather if someone is lynched in Texas, they be subject under Texas law to the death penalty,” he said.


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