A California congressman claims his office reported a gay man allegedly threatened violence toward the relatively obscure politician.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has charged former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) with responsibility for violent political rhetoric.
“A staffer of mine – who’s one month into her job – received a call from a man saying he’s coming to our office w/ an assault rifle to kill me,” Swalwell tweeted Tuesday. “I hesitate to share this but how else do I tell you we are in violent times, & the architects are Trump & McCarthy.”
“Bloodshed is coming.”
He included a copy of his aide’s report in a follow-up post, which provided details about the alleged threat to the Calif. Democrat. The aide explains the caller identified as a gay man who used the word “fag” to refer to other gays although the staffer wrote it as “the F slur.” Her reluctance to use that “F slur” seemed strange in light of her next sentence where she stated, “Mentioned he has guns and ‘wants to Fuck him up,'” It’s almost as if a gay man denigrating other gays seemed more hurtful to her than threats against Swalwell.
The Daily Mail further reported:
The man, whose name was blacked out, reportedly called and asked for Swalwell’s whereabouts and said ‘he has guns and wants to F**k him up.’
He went on a rant about LGBTQ issues, using a slur for gay men several times on the phone, though telling Swalwell’s staffer he identified as one.
‘Said he is a gay man, but doesn’t take it up the a**, but gives it,’ she described.
The man also said he would come to the office, or wherever Swalwell is, to hurt the congressman.
‘He will bring guns (AR-15s) to the office to kill him and f**k him up,’ Swalwell’s aide said.
The man called at least twice and Swalwell’s office was able to record part of his message, including him using the anti-gay slur.
Congress is on recess until after Labor Day, with most lawmakers back in their districts or on trips.
During the Trump era of politics, the number of threats made against members of Congress has exploded 10-fold.
In 2016, the year Trump was elected, lawmakers received 902 threats, according to the Capitol Police.
In 2021, that number had jumped to more than 9,600.
Republicans were the target of a shooter, who supported progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, while practicing in 2017 for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded by the gunfire.
Swalwell was one of the impeachment managers for Trump’s second impeachment, over whether he incited an insurrection.
Swalwell briefly made news in 2020 after news surfaced the House Intelligence Committee member had hired a Chinese spy to his staff.
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