Here is video of Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democrat Rep. James Clyburn holding a press conference this afternoon where they said at least 10 threats have been made against Democrat House members in the wake of their passage of ObamaCare legislation on a strictly partisan basis. Hoyer gave no specifics as to who has been threatened, or what the nature of the threats are, except to say they have been threats of "bodily harm."
He repeatedly insinuated Republican Leaders need to speak out in their defense and condemn violent actions. He would not say they have not spoken out, but he would not say they have.
But Minority Leader John Boehner already has condemned threats of violence — and sought to explain why people are so angry.Of course, there is no place for threats against anyone. That's not how we settle things in America. It must be condemned by all. But I will say it is very suspicious that Hoyer would not tell the reporter who asked, that John Boehner has already condemned threats and violence. You know very well he knew that.
“I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening,” Boehner said. “But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change. Call your congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard — but let's do it the right way."
A Republican aide also pointed out that over the years Republican members of Congress received their fair share of death threats during volatile times. Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican revolution and the late Henry Hyde during the Clinton impeachment in 1998 both received numerous death threats. And just last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) received death threats after his filibuster of unemployment benefits, according to a report in Roll Call. . . MORE