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Thanks, Biden: Illinois Republican, Family, Target Of Death Threat On Same Day As Pelosi Attack, Biden Silent

On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Republican gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey and his family were the target of a vicious death threat that “prompted a lockdown of downstate schools associated with the state senator and his family.”

Twenty-one year old Scott Lennox was charged with one felony count each of threatening a public official, telephone harassment and harassment by electronic communications, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

The Chicago Sun-Times added:

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Susana Ortiz on Wednesday also put Lennox on electronic monitoring and barred him from contacting Bailey, his family or any of his staffers.

“This went above and beyond anything that is acceptable, even in the realms of political discourse,” Ortiz said at the hearing. “It simply will not be tolerated.”

The violent voicemail came last Friday, the same day Paul Pelosi, the husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked with a hammer in his San Francisco townhome by an intruder targeting the speaker.

“I’m going to skin Darren Bailey alive, making sure he is still alive, and I’m going to feed his f——— family to him as he is alive and screaming in f——— pain,” Lennox reportedly said in a voicemail.  “He is a piece of white a— racist s—-, and honestly if he doesn’t kill himself, I will. You know what? I know where he lives. I know where he sleeps. I know where his kids sleep. And I know the f——— school he works at,” he allegedly added.

Doesn’t exactly sound like one of those “MAGA Republicans” Biden keeps telling us are “threats to democracy” and prone to political violence, does it?

The report said Lennox admitted making the threats.

“Divisive, inflammatory, and misleading rhetoric is driving hatred across our state as some attempt to label political opponents as dangerous threats,” Bailey said.

“Whether we agree or disagree on policies, we are all Americans,” Bailey added. “I pray this young man gets the help he needs. We must bring our state together and fight for the safety and prosperity of every Illinoisan.”

Pritzker, Bailey’s Democrat opponent, joined Bailey in denouncing the attack.

Perhaps he should remind Biden, who has spent months attacking Republicans using rhetoric designed to inflame and incite violence.

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