Jesse T. Smith is an Iraq War veteran challenging Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) for his congressional seat representing Alabama's third district.
Smith clarified his tweet in a Tuesday Facebook post:
Let me clarify my tweet where I compared the republican party to ISIS. Twitter does not allow for context, but this does. I am not saying that the republican party is beheading people in the streets, obviously. Here in America, because we are a civilized democracy, we do not use violence against each other as a means of control. The republicans have used the economy as a means to terrorize the people of this country. Raising interest on student loan rates, trying to privatize social security, passing tax cuts that only help the super wealthy, cutting the food stamp budget for the neediest of people. These are all examples of how the republican party is terrorizing the middle and lower classes of America. Some republicans have openly sabotaged business and worker relations just so a union would not form to help the workers (see VW plant in Tennessee). I will not stand by any longer and allow this to happen. I am going to stand up and fight for the people. The republicans and their interests have harmed the people of this great country long enough. Please, stand with me as we move towards election day.