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Idaho GOP lawmaker criticized over social media post

UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Idaho State Representative Priscilla Giddings poses with ISU students protesting the GOP convention. On Facebook she posted the picture with the comment, “Idaho State University students peacefully protesting our Republican convention. Do you think I should show these girls the empty 30mm shell I have in the truck?” (Facebook)
Idaho State Representative Priscilla Giddings poses with ISU students protesting the GOP convention. On Facebook she posted the picture with the comment, “Idaho State University students peacefully protesting our Republican convention. Do you think I should show these girls the empty 30mm shell I have in the truck?” (Facebook)

POCATELLO, Idaho – An Idaho state representative is being criticized for what critics say was a threatening social media message directed at young students protesting the state GOP convention.

Priscilla Giddings, a combat veteran and U.S. Air Force Reserves pilot, posted a photo of herself standing with three protesters on Facebook Friday. The protesters were holding signs advocating for gun control, and Giddings’ caption read in part, “Do you think I should show these girls the empty 30mm shell I have in the truck?”

Critics quickly began weighing in, some claiming the caption was meant as a threat. Chelsea Clinton was among those commenting on Twitter, calling the post “monstrous.”

Giddings declined to comment about her social media post, but she told the Associated Press she would release a statement.