A Democratic Party official in Nebraska was caught wishing death upon Republican Rep. Steve Scalise after he was injured in the assassination attempt on GOP congressmen in Virginia last week.
Phil Montag was co-chairman of the technology committee before being removed on Thursday by party chairwoman Jane Kleeb over audio that surfaced of Montag spouting off about how he was “glad” Scalise was shot, but wished “he was f***ing dead:”
“This motherf***er, his whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off of f***ing health care. I’m glad he got shot. I’m not gonna f***ing say that publicly. I’m glad he got shot. I wish he was f***ing dead.”
The recording was made by Chelsey Gentry-Tipton and her friend, Destin Madison. Gentry-Tipton is the chairwoman of Nebraska’s Democratic Black Caucus. It appears she was trying to blackmail Montag into giving her public support for making her own offensive comments about the shooting.
In a Facebook post, Gentry-Tipton had written, “Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho? [sic]”
Later, she added, “The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”
The Omaha World-Herald reported that Kleeb called for Gentry-Tipton’s resignation over those comments, but the Black Caucus chair refused, saying her words were taken out of context and that she found the shooting “deeply troubling.”
In the recording, you can hear Gentry-Tipton threaten to release the audio because Montag isn’t signing on to help her out of this mess.
Kleeb, who said the statement’s do not reflect her party’s viewpoint, can’t fire Gentry-Tipton because she was elected to her position. However, Montag’s position is appointed, so, Kleeb could take action against him.
But that means very little to other Democrats within the party, as Omaha World-Herald noted:
North Omaha activist Preston Love Jr., who has been involved in Democratic Party politics, said Kleeb’s handling of the Gentry-Tipton issue had him questioning whether he still wants to work for the Democratic Party and whether it’s truly best for north Omaha.
“When Phil says what he said, man oh man, that’s on him; I want nothing to do with that,” Love said. “But we’ve got to figure out within the party how to better work together. The Democratic Party, nationally, state and locally, needs to be inclusive not only statistically, but in reality.”
At least some are wising up to what's really at the heart of that party. Democrats are willingly, or unwillingly as the case may be, letting everyone know how they really feel.