‘Hope Your F***ing Family Dies’: GOP Lawmaker Threatened After Voting For Infrastructure

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    ‘Hope Your F***ing Family Dies’: GOP Lawmaker Threatened After Voting For Infrastructure

    Upon voting in favor of a bipartisan infrastructure package, Republican Michigan Representative Fred Upton received a threatening voicemail in which the caller said, “I hope everybody in your f***ing family dies.”

    Upton was one of 13 House Republicans who voted in support of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill late last Friday. The bill had already passed in the Senate with some Republican support in August. Hard-right Republicans said those who voted for it should be removed from the Republican Party for helping Democrats pass President Joe Biden’s agenda.

    The caller referred to Upton as a “traitor,” then said, “I hope you die. I hope everybody in your f***ing family dies.”

    Fred Upton death threats voicemail infrastructure vote
    Upon voting in favor of a bipartisan infrastructure package, Republican Michigan Republican Fred Upton received an obscene, threatening voicemail. In this photo, Upton speaks during an event marking the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act at the U.S. Capitol in 2016 in Washington, D.C.
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    The caller continued using obscenities while calling Upton “stupider” than Biden.

    Upton played the voicemail while speaking on Monday to CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper. Upton said the call wasn’t from one of his constituents. Rather, the voicemail came from a South Carolina man. Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham also voted in favor of the bill.

    “We’ve seen civility really downslide here,” Upton told Cooper, who noted that such threatening voicemails have become a more regular occurrence. “I’m concerned about my staff. They’re taking these calls. They’re threats to them.” Upton noted that some congressional staffers are in their early 20s.

    After the Friday House vote, Republican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted out the office phone numbers of the 13 House Republicans.

    On Saturday, Greene tweeted, “These are the 13 ‘Republicans’ who handed over their voting cards to [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi to pass Joe Biden’s Communist takeover of America via so-called infrastructure.”

    In a November 5 tweet, Republican Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert referred to the 13 as Republicans In Name Only (RINOs).

    “RINOS just passed this wasteful $1.2 trillion dollar ‘infrastructure’ bill,” she tweeted. “Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage. Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable.”

    That same evening, Republican Arizona Representative Andy Biggs tweeted, “Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ socialist spending bill are the very reason why Americans don’t trust Congress.”

    Former President Donald Trump on Sunday also slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republicans over the bill’s bipartisan passage.

    “Very sad that the RINOs in the House and Senate gave Biden and Democrats a victory on the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill,” Trump wrote in a statement. “How all of those Republican Senators that voted thinking that helping the Democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically correct. They just don’t get it!”

    Newsweek contacted Upton’s office for comment.

    Published at Tue, 09 Nov 2021 04:58:43 +0000

    https://www.newsweek.com/hope-your-fing-family-dies-gop-lawmaker-threatened-after-voting-infrastructure-1647243

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