Following a spate of attacks on GOP politicians, Republicans are calling on the Democratic Party to condemn the violence.
Maryland’s only Republican congressman, Rep. Andy Harris, was attacked in his congressional office Tuesday by liberals who oppose his stance of anti recreational marijuana.
“They attempted to shove open a private door, throwing their shoulders into it and injuring my wrist in the process (thank goodness not seriously). Some from the crowd were arrested. Also thankfully, my staff and innocent bystanders weren’t injured. But it could have been much worse,” Harris wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
The line was crossed weeks ago. It was crossed when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant, when Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted during her dinner, when Rand Paul was assaultedand when Ted Cruz was harassed at a restaurant.
But instead of condemning the attacks uniformly, some Democrats have actually encouraged them. This started with Rep. Maxine Waters, who urged her constituents to “push back” on those in the Trump administration in June.
Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) told his constituents to “get up in the face” of Republicans in July. On Wednesday, Rand Paul’s wife responded with an open letter to Booker, telling him to withdraw his statement:
“I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families,” Kelley Paul wrote.
Harris, now also a victim of Democratic violence, aims to unite Americans and engage in civil debate.
“This aggression, by people who disagree with my opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana, demonstrates a growing problem with political discourse today,” he wrote in his op-ed. “Violence should have no place in politics. We’re all Americans. We’re entitled to express our opinions, but we must draw the line at physical aggression.”
It is time for Democratic leaders to call out violence against those they disagree with. This is not okay by any standards.