“Graphic death threats,” shootings and shouting will not intimidate the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared Thursday.
Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell reminded his colleagues of how Democrat rhetoric has actually incited, rather than discouraged, the current rash of attacks, threats and harassment liberals are employing against Republicans:
“With the bipartisan progress the Senate has made this week, it’s hard to believe what was happening just a few days ago, inside and outside these hallways. It’s hard to believe it was less than a week ago that far-left protesters were storming the steps of the Capitol and the Supreme Court, running my colleagues out of public places and attempting to shout over their voices right here in the Senate chamber. Of course, it didn’t work. The Senate stood tall and did the right thing.”
“That’s what this new Democratic Party is about,” McConnell said, noting that “less than a year and a half after Republican members of the House and the Senate were literally shot at by a politically crazed gunman – our colleagues were nearly killed, just a few minutes from the Capitol.”
“But the far left isn’t done yet. If we take them at their word, this may have only been the warm-up act,” McConnell warned, adding that “this is only phase one of the meltdown” by angry, liberal mobs:
“But the far left isn’t done yet. If we take them at their word, this may have only been the warm-up act. Here’s the advice former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave to her fellow Democrats a few days ago: ‘If we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.’
“Just yesterday, we saw President Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder offer his own version of a slogan made famous by our former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Here’s Mr. Holder’s new vision for civil discourse. This is the former attorney general for the United States. Here’s how he urged Democrats to treat the other side: He said, ‘Michelle always says, “When they go low, we go high.” No. No. When they go low, we kick ‘em.” “When they go low, we kicke ‘em” - Former Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Just these past days, there have been graphic death threats. Senators and staff have needed extraordinary police protection. And the Democrats, calling for more incivility and more rage?”
“But only one side was happy to play host to this toxic fringe behavior. Only one side’s leaders are now openly calling for more of it. They haven’t seen enough. They want more. And I’m afraid this is only phase one of the meltdown. We’re already seeing desperate voices on the far left explain that, because they lost this fight, even more drastic steps are in order."
But, the Senate will not knuckle under to these “unhinged tactics,” McConnelll vowed:
“Anyone who thinks that intimidation and scare tactics might rule the day must have missed the Senate’s vote last Saturday. Maybe they weren’t tuned in.
“This body will not let unhinged tactics replace reasoned judgment. We will not let mob behavior drown out all the Americans who want to legitimately participate in the policymaking process – on all sides. And the Senate – I assure you – will not be intimidated.”