House Democrat wants GOP apology for threats and violence

March 25, 2010


House Democrat Barney Frank says Republican leaders should apologize for threats and vandalism against Democrats who’ve had the temerity to back President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

Why? The Massachusetts Democrat says Republicans have actually been cheering on the bad behavior. And, he adds, recent Republican condemnations have not gone far enough.

“I’m glad that my Republican leadership colleagues now have decided to denounce it. But they’ve been very late to do that. Over the weekend, they were much more egging on this kind of behavior than denouncing it,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.  “I think there ought to be some apologies.”

First, there was House Republican leader John Boehner’s castigating remark last week about the “punk staffers” who are working on Democratic financial reform legislation. Frank believes that comment was the starting gun for increasingly aggressive rhetoric by Republicans and their supporters.OBAMA/

Then there were the folks in the House balcony on Sunday who disrupted the healthcare proceedings with shouts that prompted security officers to act.

“Republicans were standing on their feet, cheering them on, urging them physically to resist the officials,” Frank told ABC.  “To undo that, I think they should apologize.”

The balcony fracas came a day after black members of Congress say they were regaled with the N-word and flying saliva by anti-healthcare protesters outside the U.S. Capitol.

Now there’s been vandalism against Democratic congressional offices and threatening phone calls to lawmakers.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is exhorting anti-Obama activists to “reload” and take aim at House Democrats from congressional districts that she’s marked on a Facebook map with little rifle scope cross hairs.

AFGHANISTAN/But Frank may not want to hold his breath while waiting for a GOP apology. Republicans also seem unlikely to condemn the bad behavior without also seeking to justify their supporters’ anger.

For example, John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee, says there’s no connection between what Republicans have said and what their supporters have done.

“I have seen the rhetoric of ‘targeted districts’ as long as I’ve been in politics,” McCain told NBC’s Today show. “Any threat of violence is terrible.  But to say that there’s a targeted district or that we reload or go back into the fight again — please! Those are fine. They’re used all the time. Those words have been used throughout my political career.”

“I’ll tell you one thing that has people enraged, and that is the sleazy backroom deals, the sausage-making that is going on … everybody was there (in the healthcare negotiations) but the American people. They don’t feel their voice has been heard,” McCain said.

Photo credits: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Barney Frank); Reuters/Larry Downing (Capitol Hill protesters); Reuters/Omar Sobhani (John McCain)

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Surely McCain must be thinking of those secret meetings between Cheny, Bush and the oil barons, which later dictated our policies all those years, when he makes the remark about the Democrats. I don’t recall “the people” having any say there.

Posted by hadenough2 | Report as abusive

what good can become of this? i think lawmakers should think of the possible outcomes of their unsavory actions, (like riots). the congressmen and women and so called news channels who are making untrue remarks, and accusations and inuendos should conduct themselves in a civil way, which is the opposite of what they are doing now.

an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind gandhi

Posted by marka | Report as abusive

Barney show some proof about why the GOP should apologize.

I have yet to see anything to apologize for. Interesting that with all those cameras going, there is nothing…absolutely nothing.

Frank Should be apologizing to the American people.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Is this America? I thought we were better than this. If someone yells fire in a crowd causing panic and the crowd tramples others resulting in death or injury that person can be held criminally liable. It is the same when someone places gunsights on a map targeting individuals yelling re-load. This could incite some idiot to act, or if someone lists the name and address of indivduals and suggest that you stop by to tell them how you really fell resulting in cutting propane lines intending to cause injury, or throwing bricks through windows, carrying out other acts of vandalism and making racially charged threats. I am a Republican and am truly ashamed. I am more concerned that the party’s powers to be have not made a satisfactory effort to calm the animals. Iam sorely dissapointed in McCain as I was a staunch supporter. As for Sarah Palin, her rhetoric is exactly why she will never hold high office in this country. Her actions were not only stupid but dangerous. Never did I think she would be so irresponsible. SHAME SHAME SHAME AMERICA! SHAME ON US!

Posted by outraged | Report as abusive

Racist and anti-gay slurs on Capitol Hill. A Democratic congressman being spat on. Opponents of health care reform are vandalizing lawmakers’ offices. A gas line was cut at a lawmaker’s brother’s house. Yesterday, nooses were faxed to Democratic lawmakers. One Democrat received an anonymous voicemail message that said, “You’re dead. We know where you live. We’ll get you.” Today, another Democratic lawmaker recived similar threats.

If the goal of the Republican base was to send a terrorist signal to Congress, they are succeeding.

Republicans and their agents on Fox News and the AM band have told confused, misguided activists that health care reform is a “totalitarian” scheme that attacks our “freedom” and represents the “end of America as we know it.” The policy breakthrough is, as several GOP leaders have put it, “Armageddon.”

It’s quite likely that most Republican lawmakers know that their over-the-top rhetoric is just a political gambit, and that their more ridiculous attacks on the new law have no foundation in reality.

But therein lies the point: their base doesn’t know that Republican officials and their agents in the media are lying.

When enraged activists are told by leaders they trust that health care reform will destroy America, these activists actually believe the nonsense.

When Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele demands that Pelosi get “ready for the firing line,” the GOP base gets the message. When Sarah Palin’s Facebook page shows 20 gun sights over Democratic lawmakers, some of whom are colored in red, the GOP base gets the message.

And now we’re seeing the results of Republicans’ dangerous irresponsibility. The amazing thing is that there are some out there who still need “proof” that any of this is actually happening.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive

Good job rehashing progressive accusations.

You proved my point that the GOP has nothing to apologize for. Reports are not facts.

If you want fact, no one spit on the congressman. I saw the video and it never happened.

What racist and anti gay slurs and by whom? No one can provide any evidence it actually happened. Even if it did, no one knows who did it.

Oh, you forgot to mention the bullet through the window of Mickey Cantor. But you conveniently not mentioning that doesn’t surprise me.

In fact, everything you wrote doesn’t point to the GOP, except to progressives like you.

Yes, you are right, the radical left is hoping the opposition actually does this stuff.

Here is one for you, Nancy Pelosi and her gang of progressive friends walk right through the health care protestors. They were disappointed when nothing happened to them…nothing. They all made it with the cartoon sized gavel…freely.

Now, if George Bush and his staff tried to walk through the protestors at the Climate Conference or any left wing protest, they would have been beaten, burned and been dismembered.

It is really a stretch to say the GOP, tea partiers or protesters are doing anything you say.

Again, to Barney and getplaning. What does the GOP have to apologize for? You still haven’t provided anything…anything at all.

You really need to stop watching Cable Nut News (CNN) and MSNutBC for your propaganda.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive


Oh, BTW, the policy discussion you talk about is just that…policy discussion.

You disagree with it, I agree with it.

But that has nothing to do with the lies the left wing is spewing about the GOP.

The GOP has nothing to apologize for because they haven’t done anything. And you know you have nothing because your diatribe was filled with left wing accusations. With nothing to back up your claims.

I think the democrat party owes the GOP an apology for spreading lies about the GOP and protestors.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

“Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism

March 25, 2010

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism at the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia. A first floor window was struck by a bullet at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The building, which has several tenants including an office used by Congressman Eric Cantor, was unoccupied at the time.

A Richmond Police detective was assigned to the case. A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds. There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.

The Richmond Police Department is sharing information about the incident with appropriate law enforcement agencies.

At this time there are no suspects.”

It is absolutely certain from this report the round was a stray, striking at random after being fired at the sky from some distance away.

Cantor knows this is the case, and is deliberatey and knowingly lying. And so are you, TC. Why am I not surprised?

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive


So here is where it stands. I wanted facts why the GOP should apologize.

I said there was not reason to apologize.

getplaning spouted off the usual CNN and MSNBC accusations but provided facts showing the GOP had anything to apologize for. getplaning also deviated on to the debate about the merits and criticism of the government takeover of health care. But again provided no reason for the reason the GOP to apolgize.

I said Cantor had a bullet shot through his window (which he conveniently forgot to mention). It is a fact a bullet went through the window, but somehow he gives a story saying it was stray. Yes, he is saying it was a golden BB…lol…whatever.

But again, a bullet was shot through the window. Fact. However, he can’t provide any evidence of his CNN and MSNBC assertions. So he is stuck with assertions.

I further went on to prove health care protestors are not violent showing the democrat congress people walked right through the crowd with no incident whatsoever. Based on video, the congressman was not spit on. Even the police were not worried as is clearly shown in the video.

However, had former president Bush walked through a left wing protest, such as the Climate Conference, he would have been beaten, delimbed and burned. He never would have made it across the street.

So, to conclude, getplaning is just spouting off accusations but there is nothing to suggest the tea party protestors did anything he spouted off.

End of story, you have nothing.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Asking for an apology… Where does Barney Frank think he is – a tea party ?

No, Barney. When, in one single day, fate hands you two complete goofballs as devastatingly daffy as McCain and Cantor, the answer isn’t to go dilly-dallying around trying to make nice with them. You should be thanking the powers that be and smack them right out of the park.

Does the Democratic Party even understand what it means to be in power? Not by the looks of things, they don’t. Batter up!

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

I wouldn’t count on any admisions from the GOP. Today’s conservatives are absolutely incapable of feeling regret over anything other than losing.

Posted by SteveoOOo | Report as abusive

That’s wonderful SteveOOo.

The question is not regret. I am still waiting for the reason why the GOP should apologize for anything.

So far, no one has given a reason why they should. Accusations not backed up with fact, are not a valid reason for giving an apology.

Would you apologize to your neighbor if, in the middle of the night, someone threw a brick through your neighbors window?

Would you apologize to your neighbor if someone, while you were at work, placed a coffin on your neighbors lawn?

Now, if your neighbor thinks you should apologize for throwing the brick or putting the coffin on his lawn, would you? I think not.

In the same vein, the GOP doesn’t owe anyone an apology.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Of course GOP shouldn’t apologizse… they never apologizsed for the Bush administration why should they do it now… this is hardly anything… they never protested when thousands american and hundreds of thousands iraqis died… but they protest when Obama is trying to provide medicare… lol.. funny people.
funnier is how so many american are proud of being brainwashed by fox and gop and palin’s TeaT party… republicans are mastering the art of socialism even while they’re not in power… that is a skill… and they should be proud of that… hail power of speech, hail hitler!

Posted by king279 | Report as abusive

oh brother king…

It is very gratifying to read diatribes such as your because it proves you progressive nuts are losing the war. The majority of Americans do not agree with you.

Wow. I am still wondering what there is to apologize for. Since you went on a rampage, I see you don’t have a clue as to why the GOP should apologize either. All you need to do is to provide a reason why based on fact not fiction.

Oh and instead of concentrating on the point of this discussion, you use the old…really old…progressive tactic of blaming all of this on Bush. Geesh…you should quit watching so much CNN and MSNBC and quit the Coffee party. They are making you wacky.

Try to stay on point and give a reason why the GOP has anything to apologize for. Blaming this on Bush is not a valid or rational response.

Have a nice day king.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

TyC knows that Republican lawmakers’ speeches to angry tea party crowds throughout the year have used extremely violent rhetoric. Lacking moral character, he is willing to say anything to deflect responsibility away from his party by calling the record of events “progressive accusations”. But the record is there for all to see.

Below are speeches given by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Steve King (R-IA).

MCCAUL: They fought against tyranny and oppressive taxes, do that sound familiar? We’re continuing that revolution right here in Austin, Texas today. Thomas Jefferson said the Tree of Liberty will be fed by the blood of tyrants and patriots. You are the modern day patriots.

BARTON: What are the homeland security people calling us now?
AUDIENCE: Domestic terrorists! Terrorists!
BARTON: Welcome right-wing activists — is that what we are?
AUDIENCE: Extremists!
BARTON: Yeah extreme, well I’m going to get me a button.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m a proud right-wing terrorist. …
HERGER: Amen god bless you, there’s a great American.

BACHMANN: I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.

KING: If I could start a country with a bunch of people it would be the folks standing out here the last few days. Let’s hope we don’t have to do that. Let’s beat that other side to a pulp. Let’s take them out, let’s chase them down.

If conservatives had any conscience left, they would be apologizing for this behavior, instead we get finger-pointing, denials and protests of innocence.

Posted by Fanglee | Report as abusive


I guess you conveniently forgot about the left wing attacks against President Bush. Burning, beheaded…wishes for his death. And the list goes on and on and on.

Oh, it’s okay when it is the democrat progressive left. However, look at the diatribes when there are accusations from the left, but no proof the right even had anything to do with the charges.

Again, you are another person who doesn’t even try to answer why the GOP should apologize for the charges. Instead you do the usual diversion to take away from the fact you have nothing…nothing at all.

You left wingers really do need to stay away from CNN, MSNBC, Maddow, Olbermann, Matthews. It isn’t good for you because they never stay on topic, but rather talk about anything but the question at hand.

You left wingers are the ones who, when you protest, are vandalizing private property and getting arrested by the hundreds. It isn’t that way with the tea partiers…So go ahead and keep up your attack…you have nothing…nothing at all.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

my dear retrogressive friend Tyc — the republicans should apologize to what they have done to people like you. look at your state of mind now… it’s a crime against humanity and sanity… unless you’re being paid to do this, in which case i can totally understand your game.

Posted by king279 | Report as abusive

Brick, coffin, spit, n-word, etc. I guess since you don’t have an answer to the accusations.

So, since you can’t provide any evidence, the answer is…The GOP doesn’t own anyone an apology.

King. You use the same old progressive tactic. When you can’t answer the question, you go after the person asking the question.

I rest my case, you have nothing….

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

TyC- At this point, you are being ridiculous.

Several posts have been added that demonstrate reprehensible actions on the part of GOP lawmakers and activists. None of these are mere accusations, they are well documented occurrences.

Hateful rhetoric.
Incitements of violence.
Racist speech.
And yes, Congressman Cleaver was spat upon by a rabidly-foaming-at-the-mouth Tea Party protester. It appeared to be unintentional, but try spraying a cop with spittle some time and see how many times you get hit with the taser before the cuffs get put on you.

I agree with Fanglee. It takes a real lack of concsience to smugly deny any of this is happening, or that the Republican/Tea Party is responsible for any of it.

Posted by Liberaltarian | Report as abusive


You are the one being ridiculous. This is literally the pot calling the kettle black.

I did indeed see the so called spitting incident. It didn’t happen. Funny how the police officer who escorted the congressman didn’t even have a look of concern that anything happened at all. So, stop. It didn’t happen.

Let’s look back at all the well documented cases of your left wing nuts protesting against Bush and the hatefulness toward him. Anything you are trying to pin on the protestors pales in comparison to the fact that you progressives are ones who invented hate in every form imaginable.

Oh, but it is very convenient for you to ignore the “well documented” sins of your nutty friends on the progressive left.

Yes, you are the ridiculous one indeed.

You have nothing definitely listen to too much CNN and MSNBC.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Tyc- So progressives invented hate in every form imaginable, huh?

I feel sorry for you sometimes.

Posted by Liberaltarian | Report as abusive

You don’t have to feel sorry for me. Again, you have no answer for anything.

The progressive left really hammered Bush and it is documented…very well documented.

Go ahead and forget it…It doesn’t serve your cause. I understand that.

But as you try to assert that the tea party movement is doing anything, it really shows you are desparate. You can’t provide any proof they did what you claim. And they didn’t…With all those cameras around and the police right where these so called incidents took place, not one of them showed any concern at all.

You really don’t have anything. It is you looking in the mirror at yourself feeling sorry for yourself.

Wow. Ignore your past. Textbook.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Yeah, progressives invented hate, that’s a good one.

Tell you what, TyC:


A progressive walks into a church and opens fire on the congregation because they’re all a bunch of conservatives and he wants to kill as many right-wingers as he can…

A progressive walks into another church and shoots a doctor in the head…

A progressive shoots three police officers who come to his door because he fears the president is going to take his guns away…

A progressive walks into the Holocaust Museum and shoots a guard because he hates Jews and believes it’s time to start a race war…

A progressive walks into the Pentagon and opens fire because he believes the government is plotting against its citizens…

A pack of gun-loving progressives forms a plot to kill law-enforcement officers and start a revolution…

Progressives plan an armed march on Washington to celebrate the Oklahoma City bombing…

…you can say that anything radicals like you do pales in comparison to the idea that progressives are the ones who invented hate in every form imaginable.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive


Here’s the deal. The question was and still is. What does the GOP have to apologize for?

So far, no one can explain why? Now, try very hard to stay on the story written above.

As for your diatribe, it is well documented the progressive left nuts are always arrested by the hundreds and vandalize property. All on camera…always. There is no debate on this.

Again, you lefties refuse to discuss the well documented Bush protests with him headless, bleeding, burning, and wishes he was killed. Yeah, keep ignoring it…It won’t go away.

And yes, you progressives have certainly incited more violence than you will ever admit.

Have fun, you still can’t answer why the GOP has anything to apologize for.

You troll…

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive


The GOP should apologize for promoting the hate and vitriol seen at these “corporate grass roots” protests that they have spoken to and helped to organize.

Everyone has seen the videos of the protester spitting on the congressman. Everyone has seen the video of the man wiping the spittle off his face and jacket.

If the best defense you can come up with is, “Reports are not facts” and then follow it up with “what about the well documented cases of your left wing nuts protesting against Bush”, well, you can’t stay on topic, can you? You would rather talk about anything but the question at hand. Denial, deflection, and fingerpointing.

You… have nothing.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

Who are you going to believe, Sean Hannity, or your lying eyes? sY&feature=player_embedded

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

No one spit on the congressman. The video shows it didn’t happen.

No one shouted out the N-word. It is unfortunate the congressman lied about it.

The tea partiers don’t get arrested and don’t cause trouble for anyone.

However, the left and their protests always result in hundreds of arrests and widespread vandalism.

That is the difference between the tea party movement and the left wing nuts who destroy everything in their path.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Follow the link to the video. The congressman is spit upon at 00:13 seconds. Only a partisan lying hack would see this and say nothing happened.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive