A South Dakota Republican tweeted out a challenge to President Joe Biden that many perceived as a gun threat.
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) posted a photo of the statue of himself that stands in Pierre's "Trail of Governors" that depicts him holding a rifle and standing near his dog, and he dared Biden to disarm the bronze likeness.
"Hey @JoeBiden - come and take it," Rounds tweeted. "Careful, she bites too."
Hey @JoeBiden - come and take it. Careful, she bites too. pic.twitter.com/NOKWlq5aQv
— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) March 25, 2021
Other social media users wondered whether the senator was threatening the president.
Are you threatening to shoot the President?
— Dave Acosta (@davedrawsgood) March 25, 2021
someone close to you should have told you this tweet was a dumb idea
— Spider-Pelinka (@Bens_head_space) March 25, 2021
Take this down Mike. You also need to apologize.
— Mr Kampmann 👨🏻💻 (@mrkampmann) March 25, 2021
Is that a statue of you with a dog licking your balls, Michael?
— Jeff (@ksigpig) March 25, 2021
I am very disappointed in your rhetoric, as well as your mischaracterization of common sense gun reform. NOBODY is threatening to take your gun. We want background checks and education to combat mass shootings and suicides.
— LeShea Avery (She/Her) (@lesheaavery) March 25, 2021
It's cool how the pro-life dude reacts this way after multiple mass shootings. very normal stuff.
— Roy Rogers McFreely (@MackMaven) March 25, 2021
Come on Mike. Do you REALLY think the gun control debate is about a hunter's firearms? You are fear mongering if you are trying to equate ownership of a shotgun or deer rifle to purchase of an AR-15. Apples to oranges
— Jeff Quam (@trueJRQ) March 25, 2021
Such an embarrassment, @SenatorRounds. Dozens of families grieving new losses *just this week.* I wish you would show them a small amount of the tact and compassion you received during your wife's multiple stretches of cancer treatments. You know what if feels like to worry.
— Jennifer S. Hyk 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🏴💙🌎 (@JenHyk) March 25, 2021
That is an unnecessary, weird, and completely weak flex. It was not even worth the effort.
— Keith Benson Hines (@KBensonHines) March 25, 2021