Much has been made about the Republicans bailing on Congress, probably rightly so. The Speaker of the House and other leaders are on their way out and so are some backbenchers. The math looks bad, the general consensus seems to be that the Republicans are going to lose the House, and people want out. Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks shared a different theory on WVNN this morning:
“But one of the things that is concerning me is the assassination risk may become a factor,” Brooks said. “On our baseball team, our 1st baseman is retiring, our 2nd baseman was shot, our shortstop is retiring, our 3rd baseman is retiring, our left fielder is retiring, our center fielder is retiring. That’s 6 out of 9 players on the defensive side of the coin that are retiring.”
Why this matters: Brooks was on the “hit list” of the would-be killer who shot U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) last summer. He believes that the threats from the “Bernie Sanders-wing of the Democrat Party” that manifested themselves in the mass assassination attempt could be helping Democrats retake Congress after November. Multiple attempts and threats have been made against Republican Congressmen. While these stories are shocking, they have largely been ignored by the national media.
— Wallace Godwin was arrested for threatening Rep. Scott Taylor over a disagreement on marijuana policy.
— Federal authorities charged Eun Soo Lee related to threats against Rep. Tom Garrett of California because Lee was “frustrated with Garrett’s political views”.
— A veteran unhappy with his health care was arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Frank Lobiondo of New Jersey.
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, who was almost shot at the GOP softball game and was rammed off the road last year, was shot at again and a bullet was found in the bumper of the car he was driving.