(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, said he’s relieved that authorities have arrested the 63-year-old New York man who left a threatening voice mail message for the congressman.
This comes a little more than a year after Scalise survived an assassination attempt at a congressional baseball practice.
"And clearly these kind of disturbing things, there's no place for it in politics,” Scalise told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham Tuesday night.
“I first want to thank, once again, our United States Capitol Police. They were very quick to act when my office received this threat. They sent the information on to Capitol Police, Capitol Police did research, found out that this man has had some real serious concerns. And it was hard to track him down because he was trying to use aliases.
“But ultimately they found him. And he's in custody -- in federal custody. And hopefully he gets a serious sentence because you can't allow this kind of threats and violence against people based on their political views.”
Scalise said the suspect has "strong disagreements with my political views and others. There were others that he threatened as well. And he's going to have to account to that."
Press reports said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) received a similar threat.
Ingraham noted that the violence and intimidation of conservatives "seems to be ratcheting up." She said the left blames President Trump:
"No," Scalise said. "You look at some of the liberal rhetoric that's coming out from the left. They're encouraging and inciting, in many cases, violence. And it's got to stop. In fact, liberals need to call this out. They need to speak up, just as we're speaking up, saying is there's no place for it on the Republican and Democrat side. I think people on the left need to be as vocal at calling out this kind of violence.”
The suspect, identified as Carlos Bayon, was arrested last Thursday.
According to press reports, the suspect left the following message for Scalise and another House member, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
“Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead,” Bayon allegedly said.