U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl (R.–Mass.) says Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rhetoric is “partially to blame” for violence against ICE agents.
He made his criticisms shortly after Massachusetts law enforcement discovered a man who was offering $500 in blood money for anyone willing to kill an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.
As the Boston Herald reported Friday, GOP candidate Geoff Diehl says Warren’s “irresponsible” talk about ICE is a contributing factor in the rising level of potential violence against the federal agency. Diehl said Warren should “both retract and apologize” for her escalating rhetoric against ICE.
“We now have a man putting a bounty on the heads of ICE agents. Senator Warren’s irresponsible statements are partially to blame,” said Diehl in a statement. “She has a responsibility to support our law enforcement officials. Her call to abolish ICE and painting the entire criminal justice system racists are reckless and dangerous.”
Massachusetts man Brandon James Ziobrowski, 33, is alleged to have tweeted a promise to pay a $500 bounty to anyone who killed an ICE agent. Ziobrowski is charged with transmitting a threat to injure.
Diehl said Warren puts politics above public safety. “We need a Senator who will support our police and not throw (ICE) under the bus to score political points. Warren should be putting public safety first. Instead, she is prioritizing her White House political ambitions to the detriment of law enforcement,” he said in a statement.
Warren’s spokesperson did not suggest any apology was forthcoming from the senator, telling the Herald, “We do not condone violence. We can have respectful discussions and civil discourse on policy while working together to improve lives.”