Threats against the children of a Republican congressman part of rising pattern


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They’re coming for you next: The report by a Minnesota congressman to the police about a series of threats made against his daughters due to his political positions appears to be part of a rising tide of similar violent threats made against members of Congress, mostly Republicans.

Republican Rep. Jason Lewis told Fox News he has contacted the police over threats to him and even his daughters in the wake of reports about controversial statements he made as a radio show host. “It was serious enough for my office to alert the Capitol Police,” Lewis told Fox News.

The Minnesota congressman said his daughters were threatened in sick messages received by his office. It marks the latest in a wave of threats against not just Republican lawmakers themselves but their families.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., also revealed threats against his daughters this month, telling Todd Starnes that “some of the stuff that has been said has been quite sick” and the number of threats has increased dramatically since the last election.

Total reported threats against congressmen doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to the House Sergeant at Arms.

The threats are being made to both sides of the political aisle, though Republicans are getting a larger share. And as long as Democrats continue to coddle and even encourage such behavior, things are only going to get worse, and they themselves are going to find themselves in the cross-hairs as well. It is to their self-interest to calm things down. Sadly, I do not see Democrats doing this.

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3 comments

  • mkent

    I’ve been hearing stories for a while now that death threats against Republican federal office holders have become so numerous and so widespread that the Secret Service cannot investigate them all and that is partially what is behind the large number of Republicans retiring from office this year. They are literally afraid for their own lives and the lives of their families if they remain in office. The events of the last two years, many of which are documented on this website, lead me to suspect that their concerns are valid.

    Robert: I know reporting on some of these incidents bothers you — it would bother any decent man — but I applaud you for doing it. We need to be aware of the true environment we are in, and the mainstream media are not going to help us in this effort. Thank you for the work that you do in this area.

  • wodun

    To some extent, public figures have always been subjected to behavior like this but it does seem to be getting worse. But I really can’t believe that this is true because Democrats love women and would never treat little girls this way. /s

  • Chris

    When will we read of convictions for threats and jail sentences?

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