Fox News Host: Is Threatening Email Sent to GOP Rep Part of ‘Violent Movement Born Out of Ideology’?


Following yesterday’s Congressional baseball shooting that has left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) in critical condition, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) said she received a threatening email, warning her that there was “one down, 216 to go.” Tenney reported the letter to the US Capitol police.

The freshman GOP congresswoman appeared on Fox News this afternoon to discuss the matter and told host Melissa Francis that she had been receiving messages like this since she entered office and had become “jaded” to them, but reacted as it came on the heels of Scalise’s shooting.

Francis noted that the language if the email parroted much of what had been written by the shooter, James Hodgkinson. This led her to question whether this was all part of a violent left-wing political movement. (Hodgkinson appeared to have been a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter.)

“I think one of the things that’s most disturbing about this is how much it echoes what the perpetrator was saying,” Francis said. “Making it feel like it’s not just one random crazy person but this is in fact almost a violent movement born out of ideology.”

“I think you’re right,” Tenney responded. “I think that’s what is happening. The discourse has reached a level that violence in this situation has been normalized.”

Tenney went on to name the Resist and Indivisible movements as Democratic-backed groups that have targeted her, claiming “they are willing to do almost anything.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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