A Nebraska Democratic Party official was caught saying he was glad House Republican Steve Scalise was shot in an audio recording posted on YouTube, first reported by Fox 42 News.
Phil Montag, a Nebraska technology chairman for the state’s Democratic party, said the following of Scalise in the audio recording of a conversation between Montag and several others:
“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off fucking health care. I hate this motherfucker, I’m glad he got shot.”
Scalise, Majority Whip in the House, was left in critical condition after he was shot by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the House baseball game last week. He is still hospitalized following the attack.
In Montag’s expletive-filled rant he adds “I’m glad he got shot, I’m not going to fucking say that in public.”
At that point, another unidentified man on the recording cries “well, then what are you saying it to us for?”
“I wish he was fucking dead,” Montag says.
“It’s ok, because I’ve been recording this conversation since you’ve come in, so I will publicly release it myself,” the unidentified man concludes.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb confirmed that the audio recording is indeed of Montag.
The Democratic Party official was promptly fired after Kleeb learned of the existence of the recording.
When reached by Fox 42, Kleeb said “[we] obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting.”
“Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left,” she added.
Montag did not respond to Fox 42 News’ requests for comment.
Listen to the audio above. The conversation starts 18 seconds in.
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