Congress Death Threats: Bullet Fired In Rep. Eric Cantor's Office
Republican Rep. Eric Cantor said a bullet was fired through the window of his Richmond, Virginia office on March 25.
This attack on a Republican stands in contrast to the recent wake of threatening phone calls, emails, and broken windows victimizing at least 10 Democratic members of Congress. At-risk Representatives are now being trained by the FBI on how to protect themselves.
Cantor, the House Republican Whip, today accused Democratic leaders—namely Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee—of using death threats against them to solicit sympathy for their party.
Security threats against members of Congress is not a partisan issue, and they should never be treated that way,” said Cantor. “To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible.
Democrats and Republicans are now blaming each other for inciting hostility through actions in Congress. Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York pointed to several examples in a statement:
- Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, suggested Speaker Nancy Pelosi be put on, “the firing line.”
- Sarah Palin wrote on Twitter, “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”
- House Minority Leader John Boehner said a Democratic Representative who supported the health care bill—which was passed on March 21 by 219 Democrats—was a “dead man.”
Other incidents have also garnered headlines in recent weeks:
- Death Threats, Security Concerns Raised by Members of Congress
- Who Shouted Baby Killer? Randy Neugebauer Apologized to Stupak
- Stupak ‘Baby Killer’ Video: Rep. Interrupted Health Care Debate
But Cantor says this posturing is not a recent practice nor are the death threats and maintains he is not looking for trouble.
I've received threats since I assumed elected office,” said Cantor. "Any suggestion that a leader in this body would incite threats ... is akin to saying I would endanger myself, my wife or my children.”