A Long Island man was arrested for threatening the life of a Republican congressman who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure spending bill, just the latest in an emerging pattern of threats targeting Republicans who have worked with the democrats.
Kenneth Gasper allegedly called a direct death threat to Rep Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) “for a recent Congressional vote that defendant Gasper disagreed,” Nassau police said. according to Newspaper.
Gasper faces a second-degree charge of aggravated harassment and was arraigned on Thursday, according to court records. He was released on recognition with a temporary restraining order. He is expected to return to court on November 24th. He had no information on the lawyer on file on Friday.
Police were no longer specific about the nature of the threat, but Garbarino was one of 13 House Republicans to break ranks and vote for the bipartisan infrastructure spending bill, a physical infrastructure money package that is been approved by both houses of Congress and is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden on Monday.
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A spokesperson for the deputy said News 12 that there have been a number of recent cases of harassment, both by telephone and in person at the MP’s offices.
Garbarino is just the latest Republican targeted for their vote. Immediately after the infrastructure package passed the House, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called the Republicans who voted for it. “traitors“And they posted their phone numbers on social media.
On Monday, Rep Fred Upton (R-MI), who also voted for the infrastructure package, played a threatening voice message he had received on CNN.
“I hope you die. I hope everyone in your fucking king family dies,” the answering machine told the congressman.
“It’s incredible that people want to kill me on paved roads and clean water”, Garbarino BuzzFeed News said. “The misinformation on this bill is so bad that I get death threats.”
Punchbowl News reported Earlier this week members of the Republican Party leadership were preparing for a grassroots effort to remove committee posts from Republicans who voted for the infrastructure package.
The alleged criminal incident in New York took place on Monday, according to Gasper’s online court report, and Gasper was arrested on Wednesday.
Thursday morning, Garbarino said the New York Post that police were more concerned about the recent threats they faced than others they have received in the past.
“There are members of Congress who are raising money for their disinformation and attacking us, and that is causing us to receive death threats from the other side,” he said.