Just over a year ago, on a baseball field in Virginia, a horrific and terrifying tragedy played out.
A man by the name of James T. Hodgkinson had arrived early at the field to set up his shot, armed with a rifle. When the GOP’s charity baseball team took the field, Hodgkinson opened fire, injuring several of the congressmen, some quite seriously.
The assailant, whose actions came only two weeks after Kathy Griffin’s not-so-subtle call to arms, was killed by brave Capitol Police officers armed only with their service pistols.
During the melee, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise was very nearly killed, and required extensive hospitalization before finally returning to the House. Now, over 12 months later, Scalise has had yet another harrowing incident in public service.
If it weren’t enough for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-NY) to have been shot in June 2017 by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter, a man from a town eight miles southeast of Niagara Falls has been arrested for leaving a threatening voicemail for Scalise, stating, “You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead.”
Carlos Bayon, 63, of Grand Island, allegedly left the message on July 30; another reported recipient of the message was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, according to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram.
Police said the complete voice message was as follows:
“Hey, listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente [Spanish for ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’]. That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”
The “have a good day” part seemed a bit unnecessary, but we have to had it to Bayon…that certainly seems like some B-grade Hollywood dialogue.
This escalation of rhetoric comes as the United States endures a political divide unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes, prompting many in the media to suggest that we could be on the verge of Civil War.