A man from Long Island, New York, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening a Republican lawmaker who voted for the Biden administration’s infrastructure package.
Kenneth Gasper (64), was taken into custody following a phoned threat of death against Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y. Nassau County policeStatement.
Gasper “was extremely upset over an infrastructure bill” and vowed, “If I see that mother (expletive) in the street, I’m going to kill him,” according to the criminal complaintWe are against him.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene(R.Ga.), tweeted Garbarino, and 12 others Republicans were “traitors” for voting for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Tweet also contained phone numbers of these GOP legislators.
“It’s amazing people want to kill me over paving roads and clean water,” Garbarino told BuzzFeed News.
He has also emphasized the seriousness of the issue, and said that “misinformation” spread by his House colleagues and conservative pundits has put lawmakers at risk.
“There are members of Congress that are fundraising off of their misinformation and attacking us, and it’s causing us to get death threats,” he told The New York Post.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at a press conference Friday that his department has “zero tolerance for this type of behavior for any of our residents,” referring to the death threat, The Long Island Press reported.
“In the world that we’re living in today, the climate that is out there, these threats we take very seriously,” he added.
Gasper was arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree, aggravated harassment. He pleaded not guiltyThe victim was given a written release on his recognizance. He was to remain away from Garbarino as well as the person who answered his call.
John Rey (his attorney) has refuted the claim that Gasper threatened to kill him.
“Ken is an ordinary American who was offended when politician Garbarino became an overnight Democrat and voted, in Ken’s view, to wreck our country,” Ray said, according to a local ABC News affiliate.
Gasper will be back at the court in the latter part of this month.
Many other GOP lawmakers are also involved. reported receiving hateful callsSince voting for the bill on infrastructure, death threats have been made
J. Thomas Manger is the chief of U.S. Capitol Police. told The Associated PressHis department received thousands of threats against legislators in September, compared to just a few decades ago. According to him, authorities will respond to nearly 9,000 threats made against Congressmen this year.