March 30, 2010

Cantor Death Threat Arrest

A man in Philadelphia was arrested yesterday for making violent threats against the Virginia congressman Eric Cantor.

The man made a video threatening the politician, that he tried to post on Youtube. He is also investigated for an earlier threat involving another public figure.

Eric Cantor has been in the news for previously claiming that a political opponent had fired a bullet into his headquarters, and cited this as evidence that it's not only right wingers who are increasingly violent towards the government, but it turned out that the bullet was just a stray that had been shot up in the air from somewhere else and hit his office randomly.

There has been a great deal of attention given to the recent trend of threats and vandalism against Democrats after the health care bill passed, and many suggest the extreme right wing, as represented by some, not all, of the tea partiers, is becoming volatile and irrational (and quite possibly racist) in their hatred of the Obama administration. But this case goes to show there's always at least one crazy on every team. (though it's certainly not clear what team, if any, this man considered himself a part of.)

Cantor Death Threat Arrest

A Philadelphia man charged with threatening a Virginia congressman is being held without bail pending a psychiatric evaluation. Authorities say 38-year-old Norman Leboon tried to post a YouTube video in which he threatened to kill Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, who is House minority whip. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Reed said Mr. Leboon is wanted by city authorities in another threat case.

Cantor Death Threat Arrest

Posted at March 30, 2010 4:12 AM