Rhode Island state Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston, Warwick) is under fire for telling a radio host to “go f***” himself after he confronted him over the Second Amendment following a March 18 gun control event.
Dan Bidondi, host of “Truth Radio Show,” is seen on video approaching the lawmaker with an InfoWars microphone.
“The Second Amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that,” Bidondi says.
“Go f*** yourself,” Miller replies.
A man who was taking photos of the state senator then leans into the mic and adds: “Yeah, go f*** yourself.”
Watch the video below (content warning! Strong language):
Miller apologized on Tuesday for cursing at Bidondi during a press conference following a rally for tighter gun control at the statehouse. He called the radio host a representative for a “website notorious for conspiracy theories.”
Miller released the following statement:
At the end of a press conference in which I participated, an individual representing a website notorious for conspiracy theories started berating members of the coalition and intimidating elderly veterans, members of the clergy and victims of violence.
It quickly became a highly charged atmosphere, which required the presence of the Capitol Police. The individual in question is not new to the State House and is known for his aggressive and intimidating manner. He also was interrupting legitimate members of the media who were attempting to conduct interviews.
After watching him antagonize an elderly veteran he swung his camera my way, which produced a very human and guttural reaction. I respect both the Second Amendment and the First Amendment. It is important to note that the individual in question was physically removed from a committee room by the Capitol Police later that evening.
Regardless of the emotions and atmosphere of the moment, it does not justify the language I used that day. Out of respect for the decorum of the State House and the constituents I represent, I offer my apologies.