By MATTHEW POWELL
U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida’s 26th district recently met with a constituent of his who threatened to kill him on Twitter. Homestead teenager Alejandro Verges-Castro was arrested by the FBI after tweeting a threat to the congressman on Oct. 24.
Instead of staying away from the teen who threatened him, Curbelo appeared with the teenager today in an attempt to forgive the young man.
Our country is dealing with an immense amount of violent political speech from both sides of the aisle that is sometimes orchestrated through biased news media coverage. Instead of putting fire to the flame, Curbelo instead accepted the teenagers apology and used him as an example that words have actual meaning, even on twitter.
These threats came around the same time that an Aventura man was sending bombs in the mail to top democratic leaders.
The Miami Herald covered the incident extremely well, focusing on the idea that there can be political discussion in this country while also being civil, something that seems to be lost among today’s population, young or old.
Although this is one small example of political violence with words impacting a young mans life, it is great to see a congressman express remorse and compassion while also trying to steer the political discussion to civil discourse, not threats.