Rhode Island Senator Josh Miller has attracted a lot of unwanted online attention after he was filmed telling InfoWars correspondent Dan Bidoni to “Go fuck [him]self” during an encounter outside of the Rhode Island Capitol Building. Apparently, Senator Miller supports legislature pertaining to firearm control, and had just left a news conference on the topic. Mr. Bidoni apparently felt strongly enough about the issue that he chose to confront Senator Miller instead of interviewing him. Regardless of how one feels about InfoWars or Mr. Bidoni, the senator probably should have handled things better. Ignoring Mr. Bidoni might have been a wiser decision. His take on the encounter is excerpted after the jump. Warning: Video begins with a really siren noise that lasts about two seconds.
“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.”