Republican lawmaker received threatening email after Congression
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 14:46
Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, and her staff have responded to an email sent Wednesday morning stating agreement with the shooting of five people in Alexandria, Va., and implying support for further shootings of Republican politicians.
A freshman House lawmaker received a chilling email following the Wednesday morning attack on Republican members of Congress. "When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit (ed). Certainly, your souls and mortality were lost long before".
"The level of discourse in politics today is truly unfortunate".
Rep. Claudia Tenney received the email that asked, "Did you NOT expect this?" and had "One down, 216 to go...", as its subject line.
Tenney, who plays for the bipartisan congressional women's softball team, tweeted about the shooting Thursday.
Capitol Police are said to be aware of the threat. "However, protections under the first amendment do not extend to violence", Andrews added. Good riddance. Tenney's office told the News she routinely receives death threats, but that one coming so soon after the shooting was "disturbing and disheartening".
On Tenney's official Facebook page, someone recently also posted a threatening comment aimed at her son, an active duty U.S. Marine now deployed to the Middle East.
The threatening email has since been turned over to Capitol Hill police officers.
Democrats have reportedly received threatening messages as well following the shooting.
President Donald Trump said that the gunman, identified by federal law enforcement as James Hodgkinson, died from injuries.
Scalise underwent surgery for his gunshot wound and is in stable condition, according to his office.