Rep. Jeff Van Drew gained notoriety when he switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in support of Trump and recently released audio from a columnist who allegedly threatened him and his family over it.
The voicemail allegedly left by John McCall threatens Drew’s life and calls him a traitor. The columnist also allegedly threatened sexual assault against his wife in an article for the Ocean City Sentinel where he was a guest contributor. Drew recorded the call and uploaded it to his YouTube account.
Drew held a press conference on Monday demanding that the columnist be held responsible for his threats: “For far too long, calls for violence have gone unchallenged, but today, right here in Cape May County, we are drawing a line in the sand,” Van Drew angrily promised. “You can come after me with loud words and threats, but if anyone, let alone a member of the press, thinks they can threaten my wife and my family, they’ve got another thing coming.”
He continued: “When I was asked to run for office a long time ago, I did it to make sure my neighbors always had someone looking out for them, whether I was representing them at town hall, in Trenton or now Washington. I am calling on the New Jersey Press Association and the Ocean City Sentinel to forcefully denounce and condemn the threats McCall made against me and my family, to immediately retract his hate-filled editorials, and issue a public apology to my family — until then any and all legal options remain on the table.”
(Video Credit: Rep. Jeff Van Drew)
“Since your betrayal of our party and your treasonous loyalty to the worst degenerate who has ever occupied the presidency in United States history, I can only say that I would swear to your demise as a politician, and I believe that you personally are a degenerate,” McCall stated in the recording.
“As a member of the New Jersey Press Association, I will do everything in my power to ensure that you are deposed if not dead,” he threatened. It should be noted that the New Jersey Press Association has reportedly denied that he was ever a member. “NJPA understands that John McCall asserted he is a member of NJPA. John McCall is not and has never been a member of NJPA, as the association does not have individual journalist members.”
“Anything I can do to basically get you out of office, I will do,” McCall continued. “You are a traitor Jeff Van Drew, and you deserve the fate of all traitors.”
Van Drew held a press conference on Monday in which he released a transcript of an angry voicemail left by McCall, which reads:
“I would swear to your demise as a politician and I believe that you personally are a degenerate. As a member of the New Jersey Press Association,
— henry jones (@henryjo06676203) March 16, 2021
In a column that McCall wrote, he appeared to fantasize about a sexual assault against Drew’s wife.
“Van Drew’s mentor has said it’s cool to greet women by grabbing them between the legs,” McCall crassly wrote.
“Should we test the acceptability of this remark and get the direct response of a prominent GOP female by greeting Van Drew’s wife with the Republican high-five, lifting her over the hood of her car and objectively recording her physical reaction to the tickle when she lands?” McCall posited.
He also said: “Now mini-Trump whimpers when loyal Americans shoot back, disclose his lies, and hold him accountable for his hate-mongering treason. And as a traitor, he has forfeit his right to protection under the law. Know this V.D.: It doesn’t stop here… God save you.”
“Accountability is all-important in politics,” McCall wrote back in January. “Like all Trump loyalists, Van Drew and [Michael] DeVlieger are guilty of subverting the peaceful and equitable functioning of our government. This is not just a moral failing. This is treason. And the penalty for treason is execution. That applies to the great and the small, to presidents, congressmen and smalltown councilmen. It’s the trickle down theory of responsibility.”
“Van Drew recently employed a Trumplike dismissive by saying serious, populous calls for him to resign were “silly.” Should conscientious critics take a cue from the armed Republican rioters, storm his house, smash everything, violate his family, and walk away laughing? Would that be silly?” McCall snarled.
In a nod to President Biden and his words, McCall stated: “Joe Biden said during the presidential campaign that we are in a battle for the soul of the nation. The battle continues. As democratic defenders of the Republic, facing enemies with no respect for our electoral process or the truth, we are forced to ponder Thomas Jefferson’s grim directive that, for the good of our nation, the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and traitors.”
The editor and publisher of the Ocean City Sentinel profusely apologized and said the offensive column should never have been printed.
“Because you felt threatened and felt your wife was threatened, I am sorry,” publisher David Nahan wrote to Van Drew. “I don’t have a problem with giving readers space to put their names to criticism of any elected official. However, in this instance, I have let the readers down.”
Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan was blunt in his condemnation of the threats.
“As sheriff, it is my sworn duty to ensure the safety of everyone who lives in, works in, or visits Cape May County,” Nolan said. “Congressman Van Drew didn’t offer himself or his family up for public service to be a target of threats or violence by anyone, let alone a newspaper columnist. The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office takes all threats seriously and political violence of any kind will not be tolerated.”
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