‘Feed them lead’: Man arrested for making terrifying threats to GOP Reps. Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris

If there’s any one person in America who should be exempt from unhinged political zealotry, it would be Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican lawmaker from Louisiana who nearly died after being shot last June during a congressional baseball practice.

But that’s not the case in today’s troubling political climate, as a New York man has been arrested for threatening the life of Scalise and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa.

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Carlos Bayon, 63, was arrested for interstate communication of a threat after leaving a voicemail threatening the lawmakers, according to WKBW.

The voicemail reportedly said:

Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente (Spanish for “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth). That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”

 

Illegal immigration appeared to be the contributing factor, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr., who told the Buffalo News that’s “a reasonable interpretation.”

Bayon is a native of Puerto Rico.

Lauren Fine, a spokeswoman for Scalise, said in response to the arrest that the GOP lawmaker “is grateful to law enforcement for their actions.”

“He will never forget how their heroism saved his life and those of his colleagues last year,” Fine said, according to WKBW. “As he has said before, there is absolutely no place in our political discourse for violent threats.”

Turns out, Scalise and Rodgers are not the only Republicans being threatened, as seen below.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., was the recipient of “a credible threat” against his life by a registered North Jersey Democrat via social media.

As noted by social media user Cameron Gray, the news received little, if any national coverage.

All the while, the words of Rep. Maxine Waters’ call for a campaign of harassment and intimidation against the Trump administration rings in our ears.

Ramped up rhetoric from the likes of MSNBC talking head Joe Scarborough, coming the same day Bayon left the threatening emails, doesn’t help matters.

With the media consumed with CNN’s Jim Acosta being accosted at a Trump rally for biased reporting against President Trump, and the reporter suggesting that the president’s rhetoric may lead to violence against the press dominating the news cycle, social media users weighed in on the threat to Scalise:

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