Stacey Plaskett’s Controversial Statement

  • Date: 06/20/2023
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WASHINGTON – Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives, found herself in the spotlight during a live broadcast on MSNBC. In what seemed to be a slip of the tongue, she made a controversial statement suggesting that former US President Donald Trump “should be shot” while discussing his handling of classified documents.

Plaskett expressed her concerns about Trump having access to classified information and the potential risks it poses. “That Trump not only has the codes, but now has the classified information for Americans and can take it out and share it at his residence with anyone and everyone who visits should terrify every American,” she told the outlet.

Realizing her mistake, Plaskett quickly corrected herself, saying he should be “stopped.” The similarity between the words “shot” and “stopped” in the English language led to the misphrasing. However, her interview with MSNBC sparked a wave of criticism.


The video of Plaskett’s statement spread rapidly on social media, with some users taking her comment literally and calling for her dismissal. Conservative broadcaster Steve Guest tweeted, “Imagine the outrage if a Republican said this about a Democrat.” WorldStrat Corporation Chairman Jim Hanson wrote, “Don’t you hate when your mouth says what you really think?” Another user urged for Plaskett’s immediate removal from Congress.

Plaskett has been a vocal opponent of Trump, having served as an impeachment manager in the case related to the Capitol assault on January 6, 2021. Despite her efforts, Trump was acquitted in the second impeachment trial in February 2021.


Last week, the former president was indicted in federal court in Miami on 37 counts for allegedly keeping classified material at his Mar-a-Lago residence and refusing to hand it over to the FBI or the Justice Department for over a year.

This marks the second time this year that Trump has faced criminal charges. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the allegations against him are politically motivated.

However, these charges do not hinder Trump’s ongoing campaign for the 2024 presidential election.