GOP congresswoman receives threatening email reading ‘One down, 216 to go’

GOP congresswoman receives threatening email reading ‘One down, 216 to go’
Claudia Tenney (Image: Claudia Tenney for Congress)

I begin this post with solemn news. The latest reports indicate that Rep. Steve Scalise is in critical condition. A statement from the congressman’s office reads:

Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues. We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers.

Will do — especially in light of an email received this afternoon by Claudia Tenney , a freshman congresswoman from upstate New York, who, according to New York’s Daily News, received an email this afternoon with the subject line “One down, 216 to go.” It is unclear whether the “one” is a macabre reference to Steve Scalise, but the meaning of the “216” is abundantly clear.

The text of the email reads in part:

Did you NOT expect this? When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit.

Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance.

The true identity of the sender is unknown, and it is possible that this message is nothing more than an idle threat by some moron blowing off steam. But the seriousness of the threat cannot be overemphasized. The Left has declared war on members of the party in control of the federal government. Yes, these actions run completely counter to everything liberals claims to stand for and hold dear. Yes, they shows how utterly confused and hypocritical they the Left is as a group. But that doesn’t diminish the gravity of the threat they now pose to the sanctity of like in this country.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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