This is getting really ugly.
By Alex Seitz-Wald on May 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm
Police are assigning extra security to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) after a Tea Party activist declared at a rally last week, “We have to kill the Claire Bear ladies and gentlemen.” The rally was hosted by the group Tea Party Express, which is endorsing McCaskill challenger Sarah Steelman (R), who was in attendance at the rally.
Scott Boston, a St. Louis Tea Party activist, said, “She walks around like she’s some sort of Rainbow Brite Care Bear or something but really she’s an evil monster.” “We have to kill the Claire Bear,” he added.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local police are performing more patrols around the senator’s house at the request of the Capitol Police, and that she now has extra security at public events….
A press release from the Missouri Democratic Party:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2012
MDP Response to Steelman Comments on Threat Against McCaskill
McCaskill Threatened On Stage At Steelman Tea Party Rally, Steelman Defends Activist
Jefferson City, Mo.-The Missouri Democratic Party released the following statement after Sarah Steelman refused to condemn a death threat made against Senator Claire McCaskill during a Tea Party rally thrown on behalf of Steelman’s candidacy last week. Steelman was in attendance when the threat was made and issued a statement today that she “emphatically supports” the man who threatened McCaskill’s life.
“In this day and age, it’s really disappointing that someone won’t acknowledge when their friends and supporters have made inappropriate comments about something as serious as a threat like this,” said Caitlin Legacki, Missouri Democratic Party spokeswoman. “Missourians look to their leaders to step up and do the right thing when it comes to acts of violence and this sort of inflammatory language. We don’t need more people in Washington who issue threats and draw hard lines, we need people who can put aside their differences and stand up for what’s right. It shouldn’t be hard for Sarah Steelman to recognize that, so it’s unfortunate that she refuses to condemn these threats of physical violence.”
According to the Post-Dispatch, Steelman “emphatically supports” the right of her supporter to threaten Sen. McCaskill’s life:
On Tuesday, Steelman came to Boston’s defense, blaming the “liberal media” that, she says, employs a double-standard when it comes to covering political rhetoric that contain a hint of violence.
“I may disagree with the words Mr. Boston chose in his statement,” Steelman said in her own statement, “but I understand his frustration and I emphatically support his right to express his views.”
May disagree? Classy, eh?