March 25th, 2010
01:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Boehner: threats 'unacceptable'

Filed under: Congress • John Boehner
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. giniajim

    Not that I would suggest anything bad about Cong "Bulldog" Boehner, but is it noteworthy that he doesn't say anything until someone (who?) shot Cong Cantor's window in Richmond (Cantor is of course Boehner's 2nd in command in Congress). But better late than never for him to speak out.

    March 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. witch56

    then do something about it.

    March 25, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    Now that a rethugliban is alleging that he's been threatened, the rethugs have problems. sorry orange man – you're four days late and a dollar short.

    March 25, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. marty

    Mr Boehner excells at throwing out a cheap shot before he pontificates about being against violence. He should take his 'you lie' and 'baby killer' type colleagues to a "comportment for congressmen" 101 class before excoriating others' bad behavior.

    March 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. JPE

    Boener cannot have it both ways.
    First his people on talk radio whip everyone into an angry frenzy based on lies and innuendo, then they say "don't be violent". These republican creeps just get uglier and uglier.

    March 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Tom in Va

    How many times did Boehner say, "...... BUT"?

    We condemn this violence...BUT...

    Violence is unacceptable...BUT...

    There is no place for this..BUT...

    NO BUTS!

    Mr.Boehner PURGE your party of these people! Loudly...publically... Your party is filled with people that hate...that fear... that think violence is the way.

    The liberals of this nation lived the shame of a Bush presidency for 8 YEARS without this violence. The GOP needs to show it can lead an oppostion without instigating violence and hatred!

    March 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    Why did it take Boner so long to condemn the violence and threats?

    March 25, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. sammieb51

    TOO LITTLE TOO LATE - he should also condemn the folks from his party publicly displaying the "Don't Tread On Me" flag from our Revolutionary War.

    Inciting riots by misinforming people is not the way we do business in this country. The GOP is risking 2 things here: First they are completely losing an semblance of integrity it had from the grand old Raygun days and Second, if they let this TEABAG mob rule now, they will RULE FOREVER. Someone has to be in charge, as every American Parent knows. And the inmates will run the Assylum here folks.

    Finally, Bush famously and arrogantly stated many times in his years, and was mimicked by his congressional pack, that they didn't pay attention to polls. Now suddenly polls are everything.

    Sudden reversals of any form of thought alarm me - the GOP has finally and forever lost my respect and my vote.

    March 25, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. jm for sc

    Why are they unacceptable now Boehner? Is it because a member of the GOP "Claim" some one has threatened him?

    You can not ask your supporters to tone or channel anger in the right way, when you are leading them the wrong way.

    March 25, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. afp

    ... better late than never.

    March 25, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. a Santa Fe Liberal

    This man is a hypocrite! He says someone should be shot and is now saying threats are wrong! What a fool. The more he speaks the better it is for the Democratic Party. He and Sarah with her targets on her website are promoting violence with the fringe nut job tea baggers. If anyone is hurt or if any government property is damaged then these two shall be responsible!

    March 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Sooze

    "Armageden" is hardly a call to stop the anger and violence from Boehner.
    "Reload" is hardly a call to stop the anger and violence form Palin.

    Republicans STOP the ANGER and VIOLENCE. this is no longer a acceptable. Anyone that is pro violence should be voted OUT in November. Look the "R" next to their name.
    Signed, voted R in the past and never will again.

    March 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Preston kathy

    Preston kathy boehner is a joke the way he acted on the congress vote for health care his temper and angry fits startered the threats

    March 25, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Charge the GOP under the PATRIOT act. Domestic terrorism. Take that Boehner..

    Might as well get Bush and Cheney for war crimes too.

    March 25, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Too late, Mr. Boner. The vile and hate that is spewed by entities such as Fox News, the Teabaggers, and Rush Limbaugh is already entrenched in the lunatic fringe of the Republican party. Like it or not, the lunatics are now running the asylum. And it is going to reflect badly on the Republican party.

    March 25, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    for all of you right wing Taliban out there defending Palin and the Republican smear and fear machine,
    "hit list", "reload", "armageddon" etc.... are not civil discourse.
    It's not very "Christian" either.

    The House Minority Leader would be more convincing if he would stop telling lies and calling honest Americans "socialist".
    Shame on the Republican party and the 25% of Americans who follow them.

    March 25, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. El Gordo

    Conservative operatives have been all over the country whipping up the hayseeds against this health care thing. They are stirring up the tea party nitwits, the racists, the fundamentalists, the conspiracy theorists (birthers, death panel wierdos), and the less enlightened in general. These crazies make up a huge percentage of the Conservative vote every November. Republican leaders have been playing these people like harmonicas, telling them what to believe (all false of course), what to think, where to go, and what to say.

    Once you get the crazies riled up, they are hard to control. What the Republicans want, of course, is for them to holler Republican slogans at town hall meetings, tell pollsters that Obama is the Antichrist, and vote Republican. However, these nuts have guns (thanks Republicans for easy gun laws) and they actually think they can think.

    You brought much of this on yourself, Conservatives.

    March 25, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Texas Doc

    The GOP owns these lunatics and I find it curious that they would suddenly find the acts of their lunatic fringe so repugnant. How about Cantor "they shot at me too.....and its the Democrats fault". What a bunch of cry babies. How can anyone take these idiots seriously anymore? BTW when is Rush mving to Costa Rica?

    March 25, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. double standard

    Then you should retire Bonner !! Your the threat !!

    March 25, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Boehner must have finally seen the Sunday video of the GOPers standing on the Congressional balconey encouraging the crowds of spitters, N-bomb throwers, and other classly GOP tea baggers to keep up their bantor prior to the HCR vote . . . I imagine it will resurface in many democratic campaigns in the coming months.

    While I appreciate Boehners comments, because, yes, this behavior IS unacceptable, Boehners words somehow loose their flavor when today's GOP talking points are basically downgrading the tea bagger violence as *democratic plants* seeking political gain.

    March 25, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. El Kababa

    I have only read of threats to Republicans on Fox News or heard it from Republicans themselves. Has any credible news source confirmed these stories? Have police verified it and collected the bullet?

    A piece of glass with a hole in it does not tell us anything. I suspect that the entire event was faked.

    Q: How can you tell if a Conservative is lying?
    A: If he is breathing.

    March 25, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. John Boehner is sincere, really he is

    The SCOTUS recently held the DC gun ban unconstitutional. Thanfully. Because now I believe strongly that democratic members of congress should be permitted to carry firearms into the congressional chambers with them for protection.

    I mean, c'mon, as American citizens we have the RIGHT to protect ourselves in response to terroristic threats, even if they don't come from a foreign entity, but instead come domestically from the opposing political party.

    March 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Rush Limbaugh sponsors violence

    They now know what they have done,so Cantor and him are planting "FALSE FLAGS.

    March 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Indy

    Another thing that is not acceptable is Boehner going on TV and peeing his pants while whipping his followers into thinking the world is coming to an end. Even when he tries to explain to his supporters that they should not use violence he throws in the anger. This guy has to take some responsibility for the incredibly immature attitude of republicans that have done nothing but incite fear and hate since Obama was elected by the people to bring heath care reform to America.

    March 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Johnnieg

    John Boehner's comments alone were inciteful.First he singles out the Democrats and the Health Care bill....Than says the threats are 'Unacceptable.
    Made sure he put the Dems out first.

    March 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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