Senators fear for their safety following threats
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Over the weekend, constituents of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, waited for her at the airport after she voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
They held signs saying “you betrayed us.”
In 2018 - this has become the normal - protesters and activists confronting lawmakers directly in airports, the halls of Congress or in restaurants, where Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was recently confronted.
Violent language, of course , comes from all sides, even the top:
“You know what they used to do to guys like that in a place like this? They’d carry him out on a stretcher,” said Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2016.
Now senators in both parties calling for calm.
“We learned a good lesson as to how ugly it can look on television and how negative it can be for images of the country’s government. We need to do a better job being more civilized in the Senate,” said Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
“Senators should be free to do their job and express their opinion and not be under any threat of physical safety or the safety of their family,” said Sen Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, raised red flags in an interview Wednesday that harsh words could get much worse.
“I fear there could be an assassination. I think somebody could kill one of our leaders
His wife Kelly Paul in an op-ed said she believes her address was leaked and now sleeps with a loaded handgun, in part blaming Sen. Cory Booker, D-Nj, for this statement he made over the summer.
“Please get up in the face of some Congress people”
Senator Booker told us that statement was taken out of context.
“We need to protest and honor things but I am very concerned about a lot of my colleagues safety people showing up at their homes. That crosses a line.
A major concern now - right in these hallways of senate office buildings - where senators are used to roaming freely and now are often followed by protesters and now police.
Some lawmakers say they're worried the aggressive behavior may be here to stay.