March 25th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Cantor reports threats after health care vote

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been shot through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia, this week. He also said he had received threatening messages.

Cantor said he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence. He expressed concern that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland - a member of the Democratic House leadership - were "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."

"Legitimate threats should be treated as security issues, and they should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement officials," Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. ... Enough is enough. It has to stop."


Cantor, who is Jewish, said he had received numerous threats throughout his career both on account of his religion and his position in the GOP leadership.

More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble since last weekend's health care vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D Maryland, told reporters Wednesday.

Windows have been smashed at Democratic offices in at least three states, and federal agents are investigating whether a cut gas line at the home of a Virginia congressman's brother was related to the lawmaker's yes vote.

Democratic congressional leaders have demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism in the wake of the health care vote.



Related Story: House Democrats report increased threats


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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. F Varone

    We don't believe you

    March 25, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Dave

    I don't believe him. We know how much republican lie! Probably set it up to deflect blame....Liars all of them.

    March 25, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Indy

    What do you expect with the like of Sarah Palin out there asking for violence. If any person that even looked like they were of Arabic decent posted a cross hairs map like Palin did they would have been treated as a terrorist and locked up in a New York minute. And if the Republicans had there way Sarah Palin would have no rights or a trial for her terroist posting on Facebook. Maybe it is time for the Republicans to try their approach to terrorists and lock this anti American up for her terrorist posting on facebook. They like to complain when all the other terorists get fair treatment, so what are they going to do now that one of their own has posted a terroist act ?

    March 25, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Lucy, Texas

    The Republicans lost the majority. Instead of working together they chose not accept their loses and blame everyone else for their failure. Then the Republican party legitimized racism to be channeled into their political talking points as majority (i.e. the white majority) and those who support Obama (that one...the black one). Republicans also encourage the use of guns to maintain power. You play with fire, you get burned by fire.

    However, the Republicans have played so many ridiculous games to get attention, that I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't shoot out their own window. By doing so they are going to get claim..."hey, we are victims too. We are entirely innoccent. Just like the Republicans act like they weren't the party that brought us Iraq War and the largest national debt ever, the biggest recession since 1929, and the Watergate as a Republican campaign stategy.

    March 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. mike from atlanta

    It's really hilarious that a republican is crying that democrats are fanning the flames of violence by reporting the threats and acts of violence perpetrated by the republicans.TOTALLY ABSURD!!!!But then again that's the republican way.There is no limit to there hypocrisy.Cantor is the biggest liar in the republican party and thats saying a lot.

    March 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Russ

    Yeah, right, he probably shot it out himself because he felt left out of the news lately. Can't let the Democrats have all of the headlines. You loser.

    March 25, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. james

    Obama sure is bringing this country together, isn't he?

    March 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. David

    I would be shocked if this wasn't orchestrated by the GOP.

    Those scumbags will stop at nothing.

    March 25, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. wakeupamerica

    Looks like Palin put Cantor in the crossfire on her hit list! Now he know what its like to be targeted by the ignorant.

    March 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. vs

    Very Rove like. I wouldn't be surprised if this was orchestrated by the Republicans. They certailny have a large supply of criminal T partiers that would be glad to oblige. I guess that they realized that their street thuggery was backfiring politically.

    March 25, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    What a load of fabricated malarcky. How much did you pay your hunting buddy Cantor? Dems won, you lost. There's no reason for anyone to be angry at the GOP right now...they're self-destructing and it's readily apparent to everyone. This is just an attempt to divert attention from the FACT that the GOP has been inciting the typical pseudo-militia Tomothy-McVeigh worshipping domestic terrorists from day one with their rhetoric specifically geared to instigate those people.

    And claiming that Dems talking about the threats they have been receiving is "using them as a political weapon"? Ridiculous. Nancyboy needs to shut his pantwetting yap. We all know this is nothing more than another weapon of mass distraction from the GOP.

    March 25, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Jen B

    He has been inundating the airwaves with a mass of falsehoods about the health care reform bill, frankly I no longer believe anything he says.

    March 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. mario

    I don't believed a word of what he said

    March 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. CAL

    Is this idiot serious? If this was a group of GOP haters doing all the things these tea idiots are doing to the democrats, the cantors and boehners would be on the new saying the same things that the democrats are saying, " repbulicians you need to denounce this behavior. But instead the GOP leaders are saying it's the democrats fault becasue the people are angry and they are also saying that the democrats are fanning the flames. This ignorant of party of NO is a real piece of work, they think they do no wrong. Well cantor you are picked on because you are such a loser.

    March 25, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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