Hard core conservative Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) is being accused of threatening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he sent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a letter promising to find “alternative means” to condemn remarks the New York Congresswoman made about his fellow Texas Republican, Senator Ted Cruz.
“If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement,” Congressman Roy said in his letter.
What was so bad that a sitting U.S. Senator had to rely on a Congressman to demand an apology?
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez seemed to accuse Senator Cruz of attempted murder – but she wasn’t wrong.
“I am happy to work with Republicans,” she said Thursday, “where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out.”
Cruz is one of the instigators of the deadly January 6 insurrection, during which Trump supporters were hunting down lawmakers, and the vice president.
Rep. Roy’s letter to Speaker Pelosi says it is “completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution. I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments.”
“I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments. If she does not… we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement.” pic.twitter.com/mbJvBOGftJ
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) January 29, 2021
Cruz did not just make a speech on the Senate floor. He traveled to Georgia to “stop the steal.” Last week seven Senate Democrats filed an official complaint asking for an ethics investigation into Cruz’s role. That letter details Cruz’s incitement actions.
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said, “this is about Ted Cruz aiding and abetting an insurrection that killed 5 people including a cop and very nearly ended in the murders of members of Congress and the Vice President.”
Congressman Roy was lambasted on social media.
Chip Roy, and all of the seditious GOP owe America an apology for plunging us into insurrection chaos that THEY CAUSED with their lies about widespread election fraud.
Lies they’re STILL telling.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 29, 2021
Chip Roy embodies the GOP blame-the-victim gaslighting verbal terrorism they’ve become engulfed in: subject people to unthinkable violence and then question why they condemn the violence.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 29, 2021
GOP Rep Chip Roy, said if Dems do not handle this, the GOP will use “alternative means”@AOC was a target in an assassination attempt & threatening to use alternative means to handle this sounds like a direct threat against a sitting member of Congress https://t.co/jgNPLUtE2u
— Ariana D Michaels 🏳️⚧️ 🏳️🌈 (@ArianaDMichaels) January 29, 2021
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) January 29, 2021
Chip Roy issuing a straight-up threat in his letter…
— PIO’S WORLD (@cstark444) January 29, 2021
What disturbs me the most is the statement that if @AOC, doesn’t apologize to ted cruz, chip roy says “we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement”…like wtf does that even mean? Is that another threat?
— Sugar Honey Iced Tea🤎 (@tomena_n) January 29, 2021
So Chip Roy is more offended by AOC calling out Ted Cruz for helping fuel an insurrection-which also resulted in death threats being made against her-than Marjorie Taylor Greene’s well-documented domestic terror sympathies? The @GOP needs to be burned to the ground.
— Samantha (@agentcurieuse) January 29, 2021
That letter Chip Roy sent to Speaker Pelosi should be taken as a direct threat to a fellow member of the House (“we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement…”) …
— Alisha Gutierrez (@alishagslp) January 29, 2021
Uh, “we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement” definitely sounds like a threat https://t.co/texEvYk6SL
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 29, 2021
that sounds like a threat and needs to be retracted by ole Chip Roy
— Mike Wagner (@MikeWagsVA) January 29, 2021
“Alternative means” sounds like a death threat from Chip Roy…
— DisaffectedGolpedeEstado (@Disaffectedand) January 29, 2021
Chip Roy is throwing all in with the seditionists on this one. And his mob-like threat to the speaker of the house is completely on brand. This letter doesn’t even deserve a response…
— Curtis Jefferson (@curtisjefferson) January 29, 2021
Chip Roy just sent a letter to Pelosi today that reads like an abuser’s threat.
“If you guys don’t stop telling people about the abuse, we will take ALTERNATE MEANS to shut you up! You hear me? ALTERNATE MEANS! Don’t push us, we’ve got guns and you KNOW we’ll use ’em!”
— Sharkspeare (@Sharkspeer) January 29, 2021
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‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.
Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:
The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:
If you’re going to tout your Christian faith, how about trying to have some empathy and grace over a tragedy? Don’t remember the part of the gospel that says “anything for RTs” https://t.co/uPT3djTpT7
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 22, 2021
A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:
You are a ghoul. https://t.co/owURidfZqo
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 22, 2021
This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:
Elected official makes joke about gun violence while holding gun in profile pic https://t.co/fO4JMiMUmd
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) October 22, 2021
And many others:
A member of Congress is using her taxpayer-funded salary to dig up seven year old tweets to troll a man she’s never met in what’s probably the worst moment of his life. “Shame” doesn’t even begin to describe this. https://t.co/BKtSWsADqc
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 22, 2021
So you just straight up don’t give a fuck that there’s a grieving family who just lost their loved one and can see you joking about their loved one’s tragic death, huh?
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) October 22, 2021
You really have to be the most ghoulish, heartless, shittiest excuse for a human being to use a tragic accident that cost a young woman her life, to attempt to crack a joke at @AlecBaldwin’s expense. https://t.co/ZddmfIS0XB
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 22, 2021
The “party of family values” ladies and gentlemen.
This vile creature is reveling in a tragic death.
She’s using that horrible accident as a weapon in order to attack someone who is undoubtedly suffering.
This is who she is.
She is grotesque.
She’s an embarrassment to Congress.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 22, 2021
This fact makes me so sad. This is the kind of person we have representing Americans. 😭
— Jacqui White (@jacqwhi) October 22, 2021
This is disgusting. A woman is dead. it’s beyond ghoulish for an elected official to joke about this. https://t.co/4QAqyRtH5X
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 22, 2021
Lauren Boebert is a simpleton sociopath. She is a profoundly stupid person who compensates by being a huge asshole.
In hell, she’d be the hostess at a Nazi Hooters. https://t.co/aleoBtHbCd
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 22, 2021
The party of ‘Christian values’.
A person died. These people are repulsive. https://t.co/0wbloL9Evz
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) October 22, 2021
One thing that really binds the modern Republican Party is a complete disregard for the life of human beings. https://t.co/p7QN5yja6C
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) October 22, 2021
You are evil. https://t.co/axvOO20wFL
— drew olanoff (@yoda) October 22, 2021
‘You’re Going to Be Served Lead You Communist’: Elections Chief Reveals Death Threats After Trump Targeted Him
During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.
“So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing,” Trump told attendees, “that’s ten times more than I need to win the state.”
VICE reports it was then that Barron started getting attacked in a deluge of voicemails, many of which “were graphic and specifically called for his death.”
“Hey, Rick,” one racist and homophobic voicemail said. “Two hundred and thirty four years ago, the founding caucasian fathers of America gave us the Second Amendment. Time’s running out, Richard. We’re coming after you and every motherfucker that stole this election with our Second Amendment, subpoenas be damned, you’re going to be served lead, you fucking enemy enemy communist cocksucker. You will be served lead.”
“Hey, Rick,” another said. “Watching this video of you on YouTube. I can’t believe you can’t count votes in Fulton County. It’s absolutely incredible. How deceivious? How deceitful you are? You need to get your act together or people like me really may go after people like you.”
“If you have a hand in this,” another caller said, “you deserve to go to prison, you actually deserve to hang by your goddamn skinny-ass soyboy neck.”
The threats weren’t just shielded behind anonymous voicemails.
“We also began to see people just across the street from the warehouse where we are now,” Barron told VICE. “They started to do surveillance on my staff, taking pictures of all of the individuals that would come in and go in and out of the warehouse, they would take pictures of their license plates.”
Reporting on what it says is a “mass exodus” of elections officials – some, like Barron who have decades of irreplaceable experience and expertise – VICE says it spoke with over a dozen who were the targets of death threats and other attacks.
“Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit,” VICE adds.
One local Pennsylvania city commissioner, Al Schmidt, who had been targeted by named by Trump had to leave home and live under police protection after the death threats – sent to him and his wife – started.
“The first email that my wife received with the subject line, ‘Albert RINO Schmidt, committed treason,’ Schmidt said. It continued: “‘Your husband should tell the truth, or your three kids … will be fatally shot.” The email went on to mention their children’s ages and their address, and said that the cops couldn’t help them. The email was also signed “Q,” in likely reference to QAnon. Then, the email included a link to a picture of their home.
Read the entire report here.
Watch: Garland Destroys GOP Congressman’s False Suggestion His School Board Memo Calls Parents Terrorists
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.
Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.
“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.
“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”
As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.
Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.
Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.
“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”
Garland: That is not what the memorandum is about at all nor does it use the word domestic terrorism or patriot act pic.twitter.com/6vJqDDPcBf
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 21, 2021
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