Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz recently shared audio of a horrifying death threat he received from an unnamed male. In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday evening, Gaetz details the physical and verbal threats that he has been subjected to during his service as an elected official.
In the audio played on Fox News, you can hear the anonymous man claiming “I can blow your f****** head clean off,” and threatening to “come after” the lawmaker. Gaetz’s crime? Supporting President Trump.
“Gaetz you pathetic piece of s***. Do you know that I could blow your f****** head clean off your shoulders from over a mile away? Watch your back b****. You pathetic little piece of s***. You got your head so far up Trump’s a**, I could still take it off your shoulders. F*** you, Gaetz. I’m coming after you, b****.”
The Florida Representative said that despite this clearly identified danger, the U.S. attorney for Northern California is declining to prosecute the man responsible for sending them, claiming it is a “non-threat.”
Gaetz also notes that “this Congress, we’re on record for 10,000 death threats,” but there seems to be a discrepancy between how the threats toward him are treated in comparison to Representative Eric Swalwell or Representative Ilhan Omar. He even seems to suggest that perhaps the decline to prosecute could be politically motivated.
“I just wonder, is it that the fact I’ve been a critic of some of the senior officials at the FBI, that maybe leads to different treatment for the people who threaten me, as opposed to the people who actually get arrested who have threatened Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib,” he notes. “Those people actually get arrest whereas when people threaten conservatives, I hope there’s not a double-standard.”
But Gaetz is no stranger to threats of violence and actual acts of violence. In June, one his former Democratic opponents, Amanda L. Kondrat’yev, was arrested after throwing a milkshake at him as he left a bar in Pensacola. She was arrested and charged with battery.
Following up on that, a staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, stated that she hoped next time someone threw something at Gaetz, it would be “urine.”
Hey @PeteButtigieg – this is a reply from a member of your campaign inciting (rather gross) violence against me after someone previously threw a drink on me.
Is this what your campaign stands for? pic.twitter.com/7u1wMaQDtj
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 30, 2019
Gaetz later posted that the staffer had called him to make a personal apology for her comments, and that he had accepted it, saying “[t]hat is how reasonable people behave.”
Political discourse in America has devolved to the point where it is now openly acceptable to threaten lawmakers, and be legally protected. As long as you disagree with a person, calling for their murder is considered stunning and brave. As a country, how can you come back from that?
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