Monday, November 29, 2021

GOP Fred Upton of Michigan Receives Death Threats After Vote On Infrastructure Deal

WASHINGTON – Congressman Fred Upton, Michigan, has received multiple death threats in the days since he voted President Joe Biden’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, with the vast majority of calls coming from outside the Congressman’s district.

In an interview with CNN on Monday night, Upton played one of the calls he said came from a person in South Carolina.

The caller uses foul language about Upton, calls him a traitor, and then says, “I hope you die.” He goes on to say that he hopes that the Upton family and all of his staff will die.

A spokesman for Upton did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Upton told CNN his office received several such calls after a House colleague tweeted the names and service phone numbers of Republicans who voted in favor of the bill. The move was passed by the House of Representatives by 228 votes to 206 on Friday, two months after it was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate – 69 to 30.

“As you know, I have a colleague who provided the phone numbers for 13 of us who voted this way,” Upton said. “I would be happy to protect this voice. We’ve really been working on a bipartisan bill since last spring. ”

Upton did not reveal a colleague’s name during an interview with CNN, but in an interview with The Detroit News, he pointed to a tweet from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia.

Green said last week that any House Republican who supported the measure would be “a traitor to our party, a traitor to his constituents and a traitor to our sponsors.” After the vote, she tweeted the names and phone numbers of 12 of the 13 Republicans who voted in favor of what she called “Joe Biden’s communist takeover of America.”

In a statement Tuesday night, Green backed up her tweet. In her reply was Upton’s office telephone number, as well as a general telephone number for contacting members of the House of Representatives.

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“As a member of Congress who receives constant death threats and death wishes from the radical left, I certainly know what it’s like and I don’t make an excuse for it,” Green said. She urged “the tax-paying American citizens who pay salaries to Fred Upton” to keep calling him and the “other 13 unfortunate” and “politely tell them how they feel about these traitorous Republicans voting to adopt Joe Biden’s communist agenda.” …

Even as Greene criticized the infrastructure bill, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Republic of Kentucky, defended it during an event in his home state on Tuesday. “I think it was good for the country,” he told his supporters in Kentucky, according to CNN.

Upton is the last member of Congress to face harassment, threats and abuse after being harassed by a colleague.

On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY, denounced a revised animated video posted by Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona. In the video, Gosar kills Ocasio-Cortez and brandishes two swords in Biden.

Gosar, as Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter, is likely to “face no repercussions” because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California “cheers him on with an apology.”

McCarthy’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment, while Gosar’s office dismissed concerns about the video, saying “Everyone needs to relax.”

In an interview with Detroit News, Upton described the threatening calls as a sign of a “polarized, toxic environment” that is “worse than I’ve ever seen.” His office said more than 90% of calls come from outside the Upton area. The congressman told CNN that the rise in threats is “really scary,” especially for members of his staff.

“We noticed that politeness really started to wane here,” he said. “I am worried about my employees. They are taking these calls. They have threats. “

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