Pennsylvania State Representative Apologizes After Threatening to Boycott Anti-Democrat Businesses

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has apologized after posting on Facebook that he would boycott businesses that are anti-Democrat.

"Keep talking about how bad we Democrats are and WE will STOP supporting YOUR businesses! You want to make it PERSONAL and we WILL!" Lackawanna County Rep. Marty Flynn wrote in a post on Saturday that has since been deleted, PennLive reported.

Screenshots of the post as well as additional responses by Flynn to commenters circulated on social media, sparking a backlash.

Earlier tonight I posted on my personal page a reaction to three business owners that basically shared the same meme about how Democrats are “evil” to which I responded negatively, implying that we...

A local Facebook group called for Flynn's resignation after sharing a screenshot which showed he had threatened to kick one commenter "down the street until you shut your mouth."

"Threatening to assault your constituents, the same people that put you in office," the post on the Friends of the Scranton Police Department page said. "Shame on you Mr. Flynn! ALL respect for you has been lost! You should resign immediately!"

Flynn later returned to his personal Facebook page to issue an apology and said that his remarks had been a reaction to businesses that had shared a meme about Democrats.

"Earlier tonight I posted on my personal page a reaction to three business owners that basically shared the same meme about how Democrats are 'evil' to which I responded negatively, implying that we shouldn't support (patronize) them," he wrote.

"This was juvenile taking anyone's political criticism, no matter how low, personal. Even though I was venting about three people and my result of offending more people is well deserved. I'm SORRY and I should have been more thoughtful," he said.

Flynn has been contacted for additional comment.

Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Friday that 13 counties in the state will be permitted to gradually reopen on May 15.

But the stay-at-home order for counties that remain in the "red phase," which are under the strictest measures in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, was extended to June 4.

Under the order, individuals are only permitted to leave their homes for certain essential activities and to go to work only if it is for life-sustaining business or government services.

Frustration has grown among a number of Republican-led counties that will remain locked down. Officials in at least six counties have threatened to reopen in defiance of Wolf's orders, according to PennLive.

Pennsylvania has more than 56,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and 3,707 deaths, according to the latest figures from the state health department.

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A sign gives notice to visitors that The Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery is closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images