On Thursday, Fox News and others reported that authorities arrested 63-year-old Carlos Bayon of New York for allegedly making voicemail threats against two high-ranking Republican House members.
According to the report, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., were the targets of Bayon’s threats.
The Fox report added:
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy described the voicemail threats as credible and added that “very concerning” items turned up in Bayon’s home north of Buffalo.
According to prosecutors, the messages left by Bayon on June 30 stated in part: “Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere.”
Kennedy said investigators believed the message was related to the ongoing controversy over the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
WBRZ posted a transcript of the full voicemail:
Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente (Spanish for “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth). That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”
“Whip Scalise is grateful to law enforcement for their actions,” spokeswoman Lauren Fine said. “He will never forget how their heroism saved his life and those of his colleagues last year. As he has said before, there is absolutely no place in our political discourse for violent threats.”
Scalise, Fox noted, was among five people wounded in June 2017 after a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter attacked a Republican baseball practice.
As Twitchy noted, it’s a good thing authorities acted before Bayon could make good on his violent threats.
Here’s video, posted by Buffalo’s WGRZ:
Bayon faces up to five years in jail, a fine of $250,000, or both if convicted.
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