Steve Scalise shooting: Political ‘intensity’ at town halls and beyond rising for months

The shooting Wednesday of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others was a shock to the nation.

But to an extent, it was also the most recent — and by far the most violent — manifestation of antagonism in American politics. The suspect was a Bernie Sanders supporter with deep anti-Trump views.

Lawmakers said afterwards that hateful rhetoric has been on the rise on both sides, and needs to cool.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Wednesday that in persons under the age of Trump, it is particularly pronounced on the left: “The intensity on the left is very real, ” he told Fox News.

No matter the cause or perpetrator, it’s undeniable the intensity has been building, especially since last year’s general elections:

June 3 – Democratic congressional candidate Kim Weaver, Iowa

Weaver dropped out of the congressional race against Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats, ” she said in a Facebook post. “While some may say suffering threats are just a part of operating for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern.”

Weaver also wrote about other concerns, among them that her mother “has been experiencing ongoing health issues.”

May 20 – Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, town hall, Houston, Texas

Green played records of threatening messages he got after calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“You ain’t going to impeach nobody, ” someone said in a recording. “Try it and we will lynch all of you.”

“You cannot allow abhor to be hidden. You have to expose loathe. Hate is a entails by which people can be harmed, ” Green told. “It’s an evil. The best way to deal with evil is to expose.”

May 10 – Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J ., town hall, Willingboro, New Jersey

The politician faced town hall attendees upset that a bill to repeal Obamacare repeal passed in the House.

“You have been the single greatest threat to my family in the entire world, ” attendee Geoff Ginter told MacArthur. “You are the reason I stay up at night. You are the reason that I can’t sleep.”

The New Jersey congressman was also labelled a “liar” by people at the town hall.

May 6 – Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y ., town hall, Busti, New York

The lawmaker, a backer of the American Health Care Act( AHCA ), was booed during the course of its event, according to The Post-Journal. “Repeal and Replace Tom Reed, ” read one sign.

May 5 – Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, town hall, Lewiston, Idaho

Labrador was loudly booed after went on to say that no one succumbs because of not having health care. A woman told Labrador that the report was “mandating people on Medicaid accept dying.”

“No one wants anybody to succumb, ” the lawmaker told. “You know, that line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

“In a lengthy exchange with a constituent, I explained to her that Obamacare has failed the great majority of Americans, ” Labrador subsequently said in a Facebook statement. “In the five-second clip that the media is focusing on, I was trying to explain that all hospitals are required by law to treat patients in need of emergency care regardless of their ability to pay and that the Republican plan does not change that.”

May 1 – May Day apprehends

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