Let’s play make-believe and pretend a group of conservatives did this to a Democrat. It would be the top story nationwide for days and we’d be having that national conversation about how poisoned the political atmosphere has become.
“This is how we’re going to kill your wife.”
That’s the message Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) said he received in a series of recent threats that targeted him, his family and even, at one point, his dog. And it’s the reason, he said, that his town hall here in this sleepy Virginia community on Tuesday night was ringed by law enforcement.
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.
The freshman congressman, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the threats have become so disturbing that he and his chief of staff engaged in some gallows humor over it.
“He read one of the more recent correspondences and called me the next day and goes, ‘Dude, I’m glad you’re alive,” Garrett recalled.
“I served in the military. I reconciled myself with the reality that one day I’m not going to be here,” Garrett continued.
“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.”
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.
We now have organized leftwing mobs threatening elected officials and their families and not a peep from Democrat “leadership” to chill the hell out. This is who they are.