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Protester Arrested at GOP Senator’s Office Referenced Scalise Shooting: Liberals ‘Will Get Better Aim’

As they’ve returned home to their states and districts with Congress in recess, Republican lawmakers have been greeted by protesters who object to the GOP health care plan. While most appear to be protesting the highly unpopular bill recently unveiled by the Senate, one man this morning took it a bit further.

59-year-old Mark Prichard is facing numerous charges for his actions at a protest at Sen. Jeff Flake’s office in Tucson, Arizona today. What did he do? Besides being arrested for trespassing after he went back on the property after being told he was not allowed to come back, Prichard invoked the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) while threatening a staffer.

According to Flake’s office, Prichard’s exchange with the staffer went as follows:

Prichard: You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem?
Staffer: No.
Him: They are going to get better aim. That last guy tried, but he needed better aim. We will get better aim.

Last month, James Hodgkinson was shot dead after firing upon a Virginia baseball field where Republican lawmakers were holding a baseball practice. Several others besides Scalise were injured. It was later found that Hodgkinson, a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter, had a list of names of members of Congress on him at the time of the shooting.

Prichard is looking at class 1 misdemeanor charges for threats and intimidation. Another man, 70-year-old Patrick Diehl, was also arrested on criminal trespass charges.

[image via Pima County Sheriff’s office]

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