The Miami Herald’s Alex Daugherty has the latest in the ongoing dispute between the South Florida congresswoman and President Donald Trump.
Congressional Democrats celebrated Rep. Frederica Wilson on Wednesday by wearing stickers adorned with a red cowboy hat and posing for a group picture on the steps of the Capitol.
But one notable person was missing: Wilson herself.
A source close to Wilson confirmed that the Miami Democrat was not in Washington this week due to ongoing threats against her after she criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of a conversation with the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.
Congressional vote tallies show that Wilson last voted on Oct. 12, before the House adjourned for a week-long break. She’s missed 19 votes between Monday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 25.
“Nothing else would keep her from voting,” the source said.
Wilson did not respond to a request for comment.
“She’s home,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat. “I have not spoken with her about it, but I’ve heard that she’s received substantial death threats and I think she is doing everything she can to ratchet down and let some of us, including me, take over.”
Hastings said she expects Wilson to return next week.
One racist threat against Wilson that surfaced on Facebook by a Chicago area man is being investigated by police.
“Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching,” the post read. “Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided. This congresswomen [sic] is a disgusting pig. Someone should take their boot to her face.”
The source close to Wilson said that there are “some” ongoing investigations into threats on the congresswoman.
Wilson was in the national spotlight for days last week after she said Trump was disrespectful to Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, by saying her husband had known what he was getting into by joining the Army, and by calling him “your guy” instead of using his name.
Trump then unloaded on Wilson on Twitter.
“The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!” Trump tweeted.
And on Wednesday, the president brought it up again.