Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) is on FOX News this minute saying that a bullet was shot through the window of his Richmond, Virginia office last night. Since joining the Republican leadership, Cantor says he has received numerous threats, some because he is Jewish. Cantor says Democrat leadership are “fanning the flames.” Perhaps this refers to Rep. Jim Clyburn’s (D-SC) claims that Republicans are aiding terrorism. See Clyburn’s statement in the video below.
In a press conference this morning, Cantor said these threats are nothing new, but they must stop. He accused Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tim Kaine, chairman of the DNC of “dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting these incidents be used as a political weapon.” I’m reminded of the Congressional Black Caucus parading through the midst of Tea Partiers AND others outside the Capitol this weekend as Democrats prepared to pass health care. The Caucus claims shouts of the “n” word, at least 15 times, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said he was spit upon…but in all the many videos there are no “n” words used, and nothing to back up Cleaver’s claims, except his buddies in the Congressional Black Caucus – who race-bait and fling racist accusations without provocation.
Since threats are in the news, but only Republican threats on Democrats, never Democrat threats on Republicans, here is some history to refresh your memory
Let’s take a look at the threats and violence directly connected to the man himself, Barack Obama:
1) Senator Barack Obama, in full presidential campaign mode, using Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to threaten McCain-Palin supporters with Missouri law enforcement intimidation? Can’t mention his drug use, his hidden background, his aunt in the U.S. illegally allegedly with her own American social security card, or his close associations to ACORN and the Gamaliel Foundation.
In Missouri, Obama allies, from a U.S. Senator to a local sheriff, threatened criminal proceedings against television stations tht air anti-Obama commercials. Such “police state tactics” prompted Gove. Matt Blunt to charge Obama’s campaign with “abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism.”
2) Threatening the NRA and cable and TV stations
ObamaNation used the same strategy against the National Rifle Association when its political fund released ads to enducate gun owners about Obama’s hostile record. Bob Bauer, attorney for the Obama campaign, urged cable and television stations in Pennsylvania to “immediately cease” airing the NRA’s ads, because the campaign determined they were “false, misleading and deceptive.”
3) Threatening American Issues Project
Similarly, Bauer pressured the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute the non-profit American Issues Project and one of its donors over an advertising campaign that exposed Obama’s alliances with domestic terrorist-turned-university professor William Ayers who has reflected, “I don’t regret setting bombs…I feel we didn’t do enough.”
4) Threats to journalists probing Obama’s background:
A more sinister intimidation befell journalists….The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama’s campaign used its database “listing contact information for millions of people” not onl for raising money but “to beat back media messages it does not like.”
Even liberal commentator Andrew Sullivan called the Obama tactics “a disgraceful attempt to intimade journalists trying to get at the facts.”
5) No explanation needed for the many times Obama has used the race card on America.
6) And one of the most importants threats coming from Barack Obama to American voters is the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers – which Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed, and on behalf of all Americans, Republicans are trying to revive.
Remember when Bill Clinton staffers vandalized the White House, held as a National Treasurer by most of us, as they exited, leaving it in shambles, with missing computer keys and stolen china?
Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language….”A Secret Service report documented the theft of a presidential seal that was 12 inches in diameter from the Eisnehower Executive Office Building…graffiti derogatory to Mr. Bush…in men’s room…especially offensive or vulgar…the cost at $13,000 to $14,000…GSA estimated that it cost $3,750 to $4,675 to replace missing doorknobs, medallions and office sign and the large presidential seal….
Bush officials said they had found offices ful of trash, broken furniture and filthy carpets. The Clinton administration officials insisted that the dirt and damage reflected normal wear and tear.
The New York Times report above called the Clinton staffer’s “pranksters.”
Zomblog has cataloged many, many threats on G. W. Bush, as well as the many times those threats were followed-up by authorities:
…in the past, whenever someone threatened Bush at a protest, there was a deafening silence on the part of the media and the left-leaning blogs, and consequently very little (if any) follow-through on the part of the Secret Service….
And the only reason I’m publishing the essay is that many Obama supporters — to my astonishment — now claim that Bush was never threatened at protests. ~ Zomblog.
Democrats are all wee-wee’d up that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) had a brick thrown through her window, as she schemed to help Pelosi use an illegal maneuver to pass health care. But Republicans have had campaign headquarters and officials’ offices vandalized many time:
MCCAIN-PALIN: RNC Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan said in a statement over the weekend that “violent intimidation tactics” have been adopted by some supporters of Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.~ WSJ Oct 2008 and today, at least one shot fired through the window of an Eric Cantor offices
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