Right-wing radio talker Joyce Kaufman -- whose July 4 call for "bullets" in favor of ballots has been linked to yesterday's threat that led to the countywide lockdown on all Broward County schools -- is on the air now and promising a statement of explanation.
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She led off her explanation by announcing that she wouldn't be taking the chief of staff job for Congressman-Elect Allen West after all. "Last night, I called Congressman Allen West and told him I could not accept his" job offer, she said, adding later, "I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy."
UPDATED: Allen West came on the show at 2:10 p.m.
"You will continue to fight on your battlefield and your voice there," West told Kaufman, "and I'll continue to fight on the battlefield in Washington, and we'll meet in the middle after the enemy is soundly defeated."
Kaufman kept the racism theme alive throughout her show, comparing the criticism of West to that of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during the Anita Hill controversy.
West, a Republican who like Kaufman is deeply tied to the Tea Party, announced that he had hired Kaufman as his chief of staff. That same evening, a video of Kaufman's incendiary words at a July 4 Tea Party rally in Fort Lauderdale were aired on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC in which Kaufman said angrily to the crowd, "And if ballots don't work, bullets will."
Yesterday morning, a threat was emailed to Kaufman's radio station that police have confirmed was sent to Kaufman. That led to a lockdown at all the schools in Broward County. The case is still under investigation, and a person of interest has reportedly been identified by law enforcement.
UPDATED: Kaufman just addressed the threat that led to the lockdown, saying that she didn't incite anyone to violence. She said it was committed by a critic of hers from outside the area. "It was a fake; all of this was a setup," she said. "These people are disgusting."
Kaufman had been silent on the entire matter up until her show began at noon. Before she announced that she had declined that the West position, she voiced contrition onMore »