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.
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.
"Dereal Finklin, 43, who is a registered Democrat in East Orange, was charged with making terroristic threats against the congressman on Saturday."
This happened on Saturday. I guess the MSM was too busy pearl clutching over Jim Acosta to report this. https://t.co/tNyu4ACyX5
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) August 2, 2018
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.
This guy threatened to kill Steve Scalise one week after Dem Rep. Maxine Waters told her followers to physically confront Republicans in D.C. that support Trump. Will the media ask her if she regrets her words? https://t.co/ImUdNR52o5
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 3, 2018
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.
By this action, the Republican Whip is actively doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding and working to cover up the Russian leader’s attack on American democracy. https://t.co/MIyaBOZeRO
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 30, 2018
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:
A source confirms that one of the lawmakers targeted w/ violent threats by this man was… @SteveScalise.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 2, 2018
Glad they got him, but wish we could use the Kryptonian Sentencing Assignment, transporting him as an unsociable individual, the fool deserves the Phantom Zone forever.
— Joseph Herbert (@Sfdi1947) August 2, 2018
…and the left complains about potential violence to them.
— RiskyBiz🍆🍆 (@risqbiz) August 2, 2018
What in the hell is wrong with people. Hasnt Steve been through enough.
— becky (@princessbeca) August 2, 2018
I’m sure @MaxineWaters is plenty happy with her evil disciple.
Wonder how much was in the check the @DNC cut the guy? Guess we’ll have to ask Scott Foval and Robert Creamer….
— Silly Elsa_❌ (@Silly_Elsa) August 2, 2018
— fishwrapper (@mamiefishes) August 2, 2018
Violent Democrats targeting Steve Scalise again. They will never forgive him for surviving the baseball shooting. https://t.co/FklIZjBQR2
— Chibi James Madison (@trueholygoat) August 2, 2018
Geezus!!!!! Hey @Acosta what do you think of this? Don't #Republicans DESERVE to do their job without the threat of attacks that are instigated by the #media and those that are incited by the rhetoric? How about you & your cohorts demand your viewers dial it back? https://t.co/wfI2GJtrhF
— Longbranch Saloon 🇺🇸 (@Delmonicos_OK) August 2, 2018
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