Congressmen Being Threatened More Often: a Symptom of Leftist Rage?

The New York Post ran a story about how Congressmen are threatened more often these days and the majority of those threatened seem to be Republican.

Congressmen are threatened as never before? The New York Post ran a story about the skyrocketing number of threats, but other than a perfunctory mention of Gabby Giffords from 2011, the victims seem to be predominately Republicans. Giffords was shot in 2011 by a diagnosed mental case that has nothing to do with a recent increase in threats.

After the baseball shooting wasn’t listed as a terrorist attack, it wouldn’t surprise me if the deep state is concealing Leftist rage against the Trump victory.

The New York Post reports, “Politicians fear for safety as threats against Congress skyrocket.”

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia bought body armor. Rep. Gregg Harper hired armed security guards for events back home in Mississippi. And Rep. Dan Dovonan fortified his Brooklyn and Staten Island offices with security cameras and buzzer systems.

This is the new normal for members of Congress.

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The threats against them have skyrocketed.

In 2016, there were 902 threatening incidents and communications against members of Congress. By 2017, the reports had more than doubled to about 2,000, according to the House Sergeant at Arms office.

In response, the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security, prompting members to hire bodyguards for events and equip offices with panic buttons and shatter-resistant glass.

The House Sergeant at Arms got an additional $5 million to improve office security for district offices. Congress also increased funding for Capitol Police by $29.2 million in 2017, and another $29.9 million in 2018.

In recognition of the danger level, the Federal Election Commission also ruled in July that lawmakers can also use campaign funds –typically spent on TV ads and mailers — to install security systems at their homes.

Harper, the chairman of the House Administration Committee that authorized security spending, said the shooting made clear that Congress needed to do more.

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Since the baseball shooting, Loudermilk has been reminded regularly how perilous life is.

Three months after the shooting in September, he got rear-ended off the road, flipping his vehicle several times. About a week after the car crash, a gunman shot at the car he was driving with his wife in the North Georgian mountains. Then he was on the Amtrak train Jan. 31 with other Republicans heading to a West Virginia retreat that hit a garbage truck, killing one person.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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