Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia bought body armor. Rep. Gregg Harper hired armed security guards for events back home in Mississippi. And Rep. Dan Dovonan fortified his Brooklyn and Staten Island offices with security cameras and buzzer systems.
This is the new normal for members of Congress. One year after the horrific congressional baseball shooting that almost took the life of Rep. Steve Scalise and former Hill staffer Matt Mika, members are keenly aware that serving in public office has put a target on their backs.
“The true reality is if somebody wanted to do me harm, they could probably do that with relative ease and that is sad,” said Rep. Chuck Fleishmann (R-Tenn.), a New York City native.
The threats against them have skyrocketed.
In 2016, there were 902 threatening incidents and communications against members of Congress. By 2017, the reports had more than doubled to about 2,000, according to the House Sergeant at Arms office.
In response, the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security, prompting members to hire bodyguards for events and equip offices with panic buttons and shatter-resistant glass.
The House Sergeant at Arms got an additional $5 million to improve office security for district offices. Congress also increased funding for Capitol Police by $29.2 million in 2017, and another $29.9 million in 2018.
In recognition of the danger level, the Federal Election Commission also ruled in July that lawmakers can also use campaign funds –typically spent on TV ads and mailers — to install security systems at their homes.
Harper, the chairman of the House Administration Committee that authorized security spending, said the shooting made clear that Congress needed to do more.
“What we would never want to have happen is for an incident to occur and anybody – a member, a visitor or staffer – to say you didn’t give us what we needed to protect ourselves,” Harper said.
Some members report feeling safer, but there are still barriers.
Unchanged is that only the select members of leadership — five people out of 435 House members — are assigned security, including Scalise, whose heroic police officers fended off the baseball shooter last year.
And members of Congress aren’t allowed to carry around their licensed concealed guns while in Washington, taking away one option to defend themselves.
“I’m trained at what I do and how I do it with a weapon,” said Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), who backs concealed carry reciprocity legislation. “If I had the ability to carry, I would feel safer.”
Bishop said the defenselessness became “crystal clear when I hit the ground that day on that baseball field and realized that I had absolutely nothing to defend myself with against someone who had a weapon that he was double tapping on.”
The 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona demonstrated the risks of public service, but the need for widespread security improvements were punctuated with the 2017 targeted attack on the Republican baseball team.
On the morning of June 14, 2017, liberal activist James Hodgkinson opened fired at the Alexandria, Virginia, practice field. The bullets nearly cost Scalise and Mika their lives. Also injured were Zachary Barth, a congressional aide who was shot, Rep. Roger Williams, who injured his ankle and sustained shrapnel wounds, and two Capitol police officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey.
One year later, the GOP team will make a triumphant return to the charity baseball game on June 14 at Nationals Park in Washington.
But unlike last year, they are practicing at a different – and heavily guarded – baseball field in Washington that The Post got to visit on the condition it was not identified.
“It was good to move from where we were,” said new team manager Williams (R-Texas), a former minor league baseball player and coach at Texas Christian University. “A lot of us, including myself, did not want to go back there.”
Williams said the return to baseball shows the strength of the country and determination of members to move past a terrible event, which “for those us who were wounded (feels) it’s like it was yesterday.”
“We’re aware. We’re not afraid,” Williams said.
Since the baseball shooting, Loudermilk has been reminded regularly how perilous life is.
Three months after the shooting in September, he got rear-ended off the road, flipping his vehicle several times. About a week after the car crash, a gunman shot at the car he was driving with his wife in the North Georgian mountains. Then he was on the Amtrak train Jan. 31 with other Republicans heading to a West Virginia retreat that hit a garbage truck, killing one person.
“Do I feel safer? No,” said Loudermilk, whose baseball practice clothes still have Mika’s blood. “Threats went up significantly. We have these – almost like wanted posters – in our district office of people who have made threats against me and my staff.”
Some baseball players are still healing from the physical and emotional injuries from the trauma. They look to the remarkable recovery of Scalise and Mika as examples of fortitude.
Mika, a former Adrian College baseball and football player, had volunteered to help out at GOP congressional team practice for about decade. The bullet wounds left him down and bleeding out on the practice field. A year later, his body is scarred, but he’s back to the baseball field in high spirits and throwing balls in practice.
“I’m not a victim,” Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson foods, said. “I’m a survivor.”
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48 thoughts on “American Politicians Are Becoming Fearful Of The Mob”
I’ve been reading the anonymous conservative blog, as he does a fairly good job of writing about Qanon’s drops. He said before the Trump/Kim meeting that it was all done last Nov and this was just a formality. Due to that, and Kim’s concerns about a hit, he’d leave well before the day was out.
Watching the news in the UK on the day of the talks, they announced that Kim would leave at 1400 that day. He’s been spot on with a few other predictions that no LARPer could consistently do.
He also said that the Iranians leaking that info re the 9/11 attackers passing through Iran was a cry for help to Cabal. ‘We’re backed in a corner. Help us or we spill the beans about who was really involved in 9/11.’ Interesting times indeed!
Mossad is next.
This is the future: politicians get to hire professional bodyguards, while the common people will get their guns taken away from them(it will happen when the current indoctrinated young gen grows into adulthood)
“American Politicians, who are owned by Corporate Interests, are fearful of the “Awakening Mob” of angry pitchfork carrying peasants”
Fixed the title for you.
Internet Reformation baby! F the Committee of 300 and their multi-layers of lackeys.
These liberal politicans who are against conceal carry laws should walk through any major city in the US wearing jeans, t-shirt, and a MAGA hat and they will see very quickly how “tolerant” and “loving” their voter base is.
They know, and they want it to happen
And what is the mob gonna do? Stop playin their video games, leave their prestigious offices and abandon their “spiritual” travels around the world to have a full blown revolution and massacre the elite? Nahh, I can guarantee u that they prefer the comfy life… we ain’t in the 18th century no more!
Only 10% of the population of the American colonies revolted and fought against the British Empire. And they had to wait years for France to intervene and help. In a revolt today China or Russia could be dropping weapons and supplies within day one.
Wishful thinkin but not gonna happen, not even 10% of people nowadays have the will or need to revolt, instead they will continue checkin their social media and live in blissful ignorance, let’s face it the dystopia works!
“And how we burned in the [email protected] later, thinking: What would things have been like if every S3curity 0perative, when he went out at night to make an @rrest, had been uncertain whether he would return @live and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of [email protected] @rrests, as for example in L3ningrad, when they @rrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terr0r at every [email protected] of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an @mbush of half a dozen people with @xes, [email protected], pok3rs, or whatever else was at hand?… The 0rgans would very quickly have suffered a shortage of 0fficers and transport and, notwithstanding all of 5talin’s thirst, the curs3d machine would have ground to a halt! If.if..We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.“
@Sasquatch..I thought I was the only one who shoveled Solzhenitsyn at people to wake them up. Good show man, but people will ignore him and you, unfortunately.
Republicans SHOULD worry.
The left has gone full retard batshit insane.
Warblade- I’m thinking the same thing. With the next generation coming of age we will see a whole new America. Way more submissive than anything before it.
According to the New York Post, down in Mexico 111 politicians have been murdered since September 2017.
Of course, most of them were drug cartel assassinations.
Maybe we should invite the cartels into America. Oh wait, their already here.
Traitorous politicians should be hung from street lights
The day of the rope. A grim and bloody day but unavoidable.
Oh, poor Congressmen. If they want to carry they can tell the DC city government to piss up a rope and there is not a thing those corrupt greaseballs could do about it. While they are at it, they can pass a law MANDATING concealed carry and reciprocity in all 50 states, telling New Jersey, New York and Chicago to go pound sand amd puttin gin provisions for the arrest on Federal charges of any state or local official who tries to violate our rights.
““I’m not a victim,” Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson foods, said. “I’m a survivor.””
“a lobbyist for Tyson foods”
There are no civilians or innocents here. Has been and always will be a swamp thing.
I’m growing tired of the term, “survivor.” It’s hackneyed and overused.
If your circumstances is one where you have survived cancer or a grizzly bear attack, then by all means call yourself a survivor.
In nearly all other cases, the term is used to embellish and exaggerate.
Basically if you’re walking around living and breathing right now you’re a fucking survivor. Just another leftist buzzword for pussies and losers to feel like they’ve done something worthwhile. Oh wait…who was it that started that whole “survivor” crap? It escapes me at the moment…
The recent mass shootings come to mind. Obviously these are tragic incidents. But when I see CNN “reporting on what happened…
“Here we are interviewing Jane Blow, a survivor of today’s shooting. Jane, where were you when the shots were fired?”
“I was in another building, 200 yards from the attack.”
Then the charity websites and GoFundMe’s start appearing…
When I question why “survivors,” sometimes in areas that are quite affluent, feel the need to beg for donations from working class stiffs across the USA, I’m accused of being callous and insensitive.
Sorry, I think it’s a legitimate question.
“who was it that started that whole “survivor” crap?”
Pretty sure it was poundmetoo. Because lord knows being an A list celebrity is a hard life…
Well, he did get shot, eh? I guess thats not serious?
Yes–in this case it’s warranted. Surviving a gunshot or plane crash is a cause to use the term.
“Lobbyist for Tyson Foods”
You have to go pretty low to think of a more disgusting career.
Politicians, bankers and other kinds of elitists think of themselves as gods when thetruth is they are mortals. They are vulnerable, not invincible, they can die, they know it and that’s why they are so scared.
(((Politicians, bankers and other kinds of elitists)))
It would be truly enlightening to know how many of these tax lice are packing heat while voting against the peasants being able to do the same.
“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
The reason the American federal government politicians are becoming such targets is because the federal government is waaaaaay too powerful. People of America need to rise up and demand the constitution be amended for term limits, for the President to have a line-item veto, for Supreme Court Justices to also have term limits and for a process for the people to have the opportunity to overturn Supreme Court rulings. Please read The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin. If we do not start returning power to the people via amendments to the constitution, our republic is doomed. We will continue to turn into a combination of a Western European socialist member of the Muslim Caliphate and Venezuela!!!!
Quite frankly, I don’t care if they feel safe or not. Anytime they pass new gun laws they aren’t thinking about anyone’s safety and security but their own.
Coming home to roost?
Let’s get one thing straight:
They may fear the mob
because it’s left wing,
but they ABSOLUTELY
NEVER EVER FEAR
Because they know
they aren’t actually
That’s why they lie
to their faces and
serve their masters
to advance globalism.
The hell do they care
if their constituency
goes extinct. Here,
they’ll kill them off
personally by hand
for their masters if
they so choose.
Its all just becoming a game of Gods & clods. So remember, someday your gonna die. U wanna go out like a fart in the wind or change history?
Never going to happen I live here in England nearly every fucker is a slave and they love it. Give then Netflix/Sky and their Faceborg and social media platforms and that’s it, any Government can and will and have got away with anything.
I haven’t had a telly (Talmud Vision) for nearly 5 years just tell someone you have no Tell-A-Lie-Vision and see what happens they think you are a fucking crazy man just tell someone in there 20s and see what happens. I have had people tell me to my face that its near impossible to live without one and I’m a fucking crazy man. (LOL)
Young women in their late teens early 20s are completely addicted to Faceborg/Social Media fancy a date with one of these ?. Date one and when you see then tell then what you think of Faceborg and Social Media explain to them that they cause the destruction of thousands of people’s relationships etc. You will never see them or hear from them again. Young girls of today are totally brainwashed and are addicted to their phones like having a third arm you will never get them away from it.
(((They))) have won the West is lost nobody or I should say enough people care anymore as long as the majority of people have a roof over their heads food on the table and their smartphones that’s it, they don’t give a toss what the Government does under their name.
The light switch to illuminate reality is nothing more than an EMP. It will bring de facto equality and brutal reality when the lights go out and they don’t come back on again. Until then, its the LIE of the Matrix.
Anyone who has a clue about liberty and freedom and normal living would understand that, but it scares the living shit out people who are so crutched by the grand illusion that exists ONLY because of electricity. Flip that switch and mankind instantly will find its way, and 90% of the useless will be cut off. Mankinds future lies with the remaining 3% that actually is aware and ahs skills and knowledge. the other 7% that is also useless will survive by accident and later by adaptation, barely. Likely they will become the new slave population by the 3%, for food and water.
he complains today when the Blacks rape his women at will and the System makes him show an identity pass to buy groceries or pick up his laundry, but he still has a full belly most of the time, so he won’t fight.
He hasn’t an idea in his head that wasn’t put there by his TV set. He desperately wants to be “well adjusted” and to do and think and say exactly what he thinks is expected of him. He has become, in short, just what the System has been trying to make of him these past 50 years or so: a mass-man; a member of the great, brainwashed proletariat; a herd animal; a true democrat.
That, unfortunately, is our average White American. We can wish that it weren’t so, but it is.
Good. Its time these pieces of shit fear for their lives. Lets hope events continue to happen that bring them fear and also eliminates some of them from earth. They dont deserve to breath the same oxygen as the rest of us.
It’s this kind of climate that makes it a lot easier for (((TPTB))) to assassinate a representative who isn’t doing what they’re told.
That’s not a good thing.
Who says its not a good thing…..?
Well, good. Criminals don’t deserve to feel safe.
Are any of them DESERVEDLY swinging by the neck from a rope on tree branch or light pole, yet?
Bunch of pussies crying wolf. When they start populating light poles in DC with their criminal asses, then they have something to worry about.
So now one needs two things to become an elected representative:
– vast advertising budget
– vast security budget
What’s the first thing they’re going to do when they get into office? Figure out how best to monetize their power to pay back their debts. Great…
Public office my balls. They work for a private for profit corporation. And most are BAR member liar, I mean lawyer, no, I mean liar traitors who accepted a title of nobility from the British crown. Fuck them!
NY Post has it wrong. As of late 2017 (and because of the “Heller vs DC” SCOTUS ruling), DC Police changed their policies on concealed carry licenses. Now, it’s easier to get their permit on the basis of “personal defense”.
As for what happened at the shooting last year at the charity event in Alexandria VA, all of those politicians could have openly carried their sidearms, since open carry is not illegal in Virginia to anyone not already prohibited from possession. And if they were to apply to VA State Police for concealed carry in Virginia, they would have easily received them since Virginia is a “shall issue” state for such permits.
In sum, those politicians can get both a DC and VA permit. Maryland CCW permits take a bit more work to get, but then again, I call that state “Murderland” for a few good reasons.
No mention of the assault on Sen. Rand Paul by his next door neighbor in KY?