Republican Representative Claudia Tenney of New York says she receives threats directed at her office all the time, but in light of Wednesday morning’s senseless act, the threat she received was especially disheartening, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The subject line on the email said simply, “One down, 216 to go.”
The threat made was in reference to Congressman Steve Scalise’s sustained injury; Scalise, like Tenney, serves the public as a Republican. Spokeswoman Hannah Andrews, speaking for Tenney’s office, said that Capitol Police have been informed of the threat.
The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a former volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, shot Scalise and four others. In the days and months leading up to the attack, he posted anti-Republican rants on social media forums.
According to CBS, the body of the email sent to Tenney Wednesday read: “Do 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.”
Tenney, a first term congressman, says she sometimes does not feel safe in her home district after experiencing “aggressive” behavior from protesters.
“I always feel safe here at the Capitol,” she said. “But when I’m back home in the district, not always. People always recognize me. There is a lot of angst, and unfortunately the dialogue and the protesters and the Resist movement has gotten very aggressive.”
In response to the shooting, Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the shooter’s actions in the strongest possible terms, sharing that he is sickened by the “despicable act.”
Please pray for the safety of our men and women in leadership, and for the healing of our nation.