Some House Republicans Facing Furious, Sometimes Violent Constituents

The polarization of American politics has ushered in greater hostility at town hall meetings across the country, leaving some in the House GOP confronted with threats to their safety.

Numerous Republican lawmakers have encountered angry constituents – occasionally also finding themselves the unintentional cameo in a viral video – but a handful have received death threats and threats of physical violence.

The Hill highlights Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) who faced loud criticism while talking about his special-needs daughter who died at 11 years old, with people yelling, “Shame!” and saying he should write a book about it.

A man in Tucson, Arizona was arrested by the FBI for threatening to shoot Rep. Martha McSally (R) in a voicemail in which he also said her days “were numbered”.

In Nebraska, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R) discovered a sign had been placed on his lawn reading, “Traitors put party above country Do the right thing for once, shithead.”

Fortenberry told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto, “Attack me, protest me, but do not frighten my children at their home.” His daughter was the first to see the sign.

And in Gainesville, Florida, Rep. Ted Yoho (R) said protesters have gone after his staff, leaving threatening messages and damaging property, resulting in Yoho closing down the office for everyone but those with appointments.

“They’re mad to the point where they’re cussing at my staff, pushed one of them, poured stuff on one of the staff’s car,” he told the Hill. “If they start acting responsible and respectable, we’ll do the same.”

Noted by the Intellectualist, Wendi L. Wright was charged with felony reckless endangerment after tailing Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) in her car following his visit to the University of Tennessee. She eventually exited her car and began hitting the windows of Kustoff’s vehicle.

Several congressmen have increased security at town halls in an effort to combat such declines in civility. Some have chosen to avoid town halls altogether to keep angry constituents at bay.