On Wednesday, Politico reported that Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., said that he and his family have been targeted with credible death threats. One threat even targeted the family dog. Because of those threats, Politico said, his Tuesday night town hall event in the sleepy Virginia community of Moneta was ringed by law enforcement.
According to Politico:
When Garrett took the stage at Eastlake Community Church, the walls in the 300-seat room were lined with security — some uniformed and some in plainclothes. The presence was noticeable all night, as Garrett aides enforced rules to keep audience members from disrupting the event.
Though the town hall proceeded without significant incident — one woman was removed by police for repeated disruptions — security personnel made their presence felt, approaching hecklers throughout the evening and standing watch at all entrances and exits. The high security presence, Garrett said later, was the result of threats that Capitol Police, state police and intelligence officials “have deemed to be credible and real.”
“It’s nuts,” Garrett said.
“I served in the military. I reconciled myself with the reality that one day I’m not going to be here,” he added. “I don’t want to die anytime soon. I got stuff left to do, I hope. But when you pull wives and children in, that’s not cool.”
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One threat was specifically directed at his wife, saying, “This is how we’re going to kill your wife.”
Garrett’s remarks are a window into an increasingly tense environment facing lawmakers as they head home to angry constituents whipped into a frenzy over the latest debate in Washington about repealing and replacing Obamacare. Lawmakers expressed concerns to GOP leadership in February, after a particularly angry round of town halls.
At the time, Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.), a former sheriff, suggested lawmakers have a physical exit strategy at town halls should protests get out of hand. He urged that local police be on hand during town halls, and that lawmakers step up security at their local offices, from installing heavy doors and deadbolts to setting up intercoms to screen visitors.
But who’s been whipping up the insane left? Doesn’t the media and the Democrat Party have a role in that?
Politico said it’s not clear if the threats Garrett described are related to his last-minute support for the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. But, the report said, he has no issues with protesters who vehemently reject his position on the health care bill.
“I don’t have any problem with anybody who reaches a different policy conclusion based on the information they amalgamate and process,” he said. “That dissent is American — praise God, we need that. That’s what made us who we are.”
“But when it’s, ‘I’m going to kill you this way. Then, ‘I’m going to kill your wife. This is what I’m going to do to your daughters’ … Then you get a circumstance where there’s an awful lot of security.”
All of which should make one wonder: Do liberals really want a second, bloody civil war?
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