When U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn just met with reporters for a general roundtable Monday he revealed that he had received a nasty letter faxed to one of his offices on March 16th, where the writer mispelled the “N word.”
Contrary to some who deny that the agression against democratic lawmakers is real, Clyburn says it’s very real. He mentioned the incident where black Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on by a protestor. A video of the incident recently surfaced.
Leader of the Anderson Tea Party Jonathon Hill says there are usually a few bad apples in every bunch, whenever people rally together.
“We encourage our people to be civil. Personally, I was not witness to any profanity, spitting, racial slurs or homosexual slurs.”
The white powder sent to New York Representative Anthony Weiner’s office appears to be a kind of antacid. The powder—which forced nine staffers to be decontaminated was harmless, according to police officials. A letter sent with the powder concerned the health care bill and contained derisive comments. Following the threat, Weiner blasted former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.
Clyburn notes that Palin had posted a map on her Facebook page with cross hairs over the districts of 20 House seats she wants conservatives to win, and told subscribers to her Twitter feed, “Don’t Retreat, Instead-Reload!” But Clyburn says many of Palin’s followers are lower-income individuals who will benefit greatly from the Democrat’s health care bill.
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Clyburn on hate
Clyburn says the looks on the faces of many health care protestors around Capital Hill remind him of the same look that he saw on the faces of hate-filled people 50 years ago.
“When I stepped out of my truck on Saturday next to the Longworth Building, there were all these jeers, and the looks on these peoples’ faces. I had not seen that since I walked down Meeting Street in Orangeburg in 1960.”