This is so ridiculous. I hate having to play this tit for tat game. A ginned up controversy if I ever saw one. But we have no choice but to play along.
Both the Dems and GOP have been receiving death threats. But only one party so far has been trying to exploit them for political gain. With healthcare behind them, this is all about November. I think the Dems are just spooling up their campaign.
Eric Cantor: “I’ve received threats since assuming office not only because of my position, but also because I’m Jewish. I’ve never blamed anyone in this body for that. Any suggestion that a leader in this body would incite threats or acts against other members is akin to saying that I would endanger myself, my wife or my children.”
And From Fox News:
Republican Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he’s received “threatening e-mails” — but at the same time accused top Democrats of trying to exploit the threats they’ve been receiving for “political gain.”
Cantor said “a bullet was shot through the window” of his campaign office. The incident happened Monday, Fox News has learned, the latest in a rash of apparent threats and acts of intimidation against members of Congress. Most of the threats so far have been reported by Democrats, but Cantor — the No. 2 Republican in the House — is one of about 10 lawmakers who has asked for increased security protection, Fox News has learned.
From The Hill
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a threatening voicemail left in the office of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), her chief of staff said Thursday. Schmidt’s office was left a voicemail late Wednesday night in what appears to be the first instance of a Republican lawmaker being targeted for their healthcare vote.
The voicemail features a caller who talks of wishing the congresswoman had broken her back in a 2008, according to a recording send to the media by Schmidt’s chief of staff, Barry Bennett. The voicemail makes reference to Schmidt, as well as Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), calling them and the Republican Party racist.
The voicemail specifically references a 2008 incident when Schmidt was hit by a car while jogging, due to which she suffered broken ribs and a broken vertebrae.
The caller also threatens using a gun to assault Tea Party members had spat on the caller, as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said that anti-health reform protesters had done to him during weekend protests on Capitol Hill.Text of threat:
Yes, uh. Yeah, I’m glad, uh. the president passed healthcare, yeah. Funky-ass, racist-ass Republicans hate that, don’t you? Jean [sic] Smith, when you got hit by that car or when you fell or whatever, you should’ve broke your back, b***h. You, and Boehner motherf***er, that Mitch McConnell — all you racist f***ing Republicans. Why don’t you just change y’all’s party name to “racist”? ‘Cause if one of those little f***ing Teabaggers would’ve spit on me, I would have socked them in the f***ing face with my f***ing .09 mm. F*** all you racist motherf***ers.
From Roll Call:
A [Congressman] Bunning (R) aid confirmed late Tuesday night that police had received a number of complaints via phone, fax and e-mail, and that they had been forwarded on to Capitol Police for investigation. “There have been some threats. We take all threats seriously, and we’ve been reporting them to the authorities,” the aide said.
Political party hackery and the Beltway bloodsport. Cheap, vacuous, irrelevant. But I will not allow their “violent Right” meme to go unchallenged.