A Republican state lawmaker is refusing to resign after being caught participating in an armed standoff.
Representative Matt Shea (R-WA) planned and participated in an armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
Shea is a six-term representative and his bizarre behavior seems out of place someone in his position. Working with rural militia members and “sovereign citizens,” Shea helped plan the takeover in 2014 and 2016.
Shea has advocated for extreme positions such as transforming the United States into a theocracy. He authored a pamphlet titled the “Biblical Basis for War.” The pamphlet advocated for the killing of all males who opposed theocracy.
In response to the House investigation, the Republican caucus threw him out. However, he cannot be removed from his seat without a significant majority.
Shea has responded to calls for his resignation by saying, “I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign.” It’ll be up to the voters to send this nutjob back to where he came from.
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