Who's Sending Crazy, Racist Death Threats to Dems?
In January, we brought you a SF Examiner story about a nasty death threat sent to state Sen. Leland Yee, an Asian-American legislator, after Yee complained about an episode in which Rush Limbaugh mocked the Chinese language.
A minor story, as was the death threat received earlier this week by Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota. But some sharp-eyed readers at MoJo have found some obvious similarities between the two threats.
A brief description of McCollum's love-note:
Laced with racial and gender profanities and festooned with a logo of an American pickup truck dragging the head of President Obama by a noose, the fax declared: "Yo! Slut Betty SHUT YOUR PHUCKING PIE HOLE! Without exceptions, Marxists are enemies of the United States Constitution! Death to all Marxists! Foreign and Domestic!"
And here's a bit on Yee's:
One week later, he received a fax with the same racist logo as McCollum's (as well as a tagline that's not worth repeating here). The fax read: "Achtung! Fish Head Leeland Lee Rush Limbaugh will kick your Chink ass and expose you for the fool you are," then the familiar lines: "Without exceptions, Marxists are enemies of the United States Constitution! Death to all Marxists! Foreign and Domestic!"
MoJo's Adam Weinstein concludes:
Only further investigation will reveal the full facts, but it certainly appears that there's someone out there who's serially threatening Democratic politicians with death. Alternately, the McCollum perp could be a copycat, but that would still suggest someone who's familiar with San Francisco/California politics.