Outrage is growing at Paul Ryan’s ally Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia following a Big League Politics report that he threatened to “blow up” the offices of the anti-amnesty group NumbersUSA.
Taylor’s multiple unhinged profanity-laced phone calls to the group, verified by multiple sources close to the nonprofit group, have garnered condemnation from many political observers on the Right. Taylor has still not responded to the controversy.
Taylor’s 2018 primary challenger Mary Jones is calling on Taylor to explain himself.
— Mary Jones (@maryjonesva) December 11, 2017
Paul Ryan’s primary challenger Paul Nehlen is also criticizing Taylor.
WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Scott Taylor phoned the offices of the anti-illegal immigration nonprofit group NumbersUSA and threatened to “blow up” the group’s offices for criticizing his position on amnesty.
Sources familiar with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s whip operation tell Big League Politics that Taylor, the first-term congressman from Virginia’s Second District, is informally responsible for whipping votes to preserve President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. NumbersUSA criticized Taylor and encouraged its followers to call his office. The nonprofit group sent around a letter that Taylor signed alongside 33 other Republicans urging Speaker Ryan for “passing of a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the end of the year.”
Then things got nasty.
A source close to NumbersUSA told Big League Politics that Rep. Scott Taylor called NumbersUSA’s office last Friday “screaming profanities at them” after the group disseminated the letter. The source claimed that NumbersUSA did “nothing else” to agitate Taylor, merely sent around the letter.
On Wednesday, Rep. Taylor called again “asking for their physical address and threatened to blow up their offices,” according to the source. Multiple sources close to NumbersUSA confirmed the statement on the phone call.
The feud between Taylor and NumbersUSA is evident based on Taylor’s Facebook page, where he posted about the group last Wednesday, the day of the first alleged phone call to the group’s offices.
“This bottom feeding Washington group, NumbersUSA, is being completely disingenuous with this BS Ad. This is a group that raises money off people’s fears. Never have I written or stated support for Obama’s amnesty. This group told me they believe kids/young adults in the program should be deported back to countries they do not know and were not raised in. They were told my position,” Taylor wrote on his Facebook page, showing an image of a NumbersUSA ad slamming Taylor.
“Thirty-four Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for passage of a permanent DACA amnesty before the end of the year. Reps. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led the effort,” according to NumbersUSA’s website.
Taylor recently slammed Judge Roy Moore, President Trump’s pick in the Alabama Senate race, in an interview on CNN.
Americans For Legal Immigration included Taylor atop its “Kate’s List” of 34 Republican members of Congress who support amnesty. The list is named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant subsequently acquitted of murder.
An official at NumbersUSA declined to formally comment on the drama, saying that the group prefers to remain focused on the immigration issue.
Big League Politics reached out to Rep. Taylor and his staff for comment but our press inquiries were not returned.
Mom Drowns Her Five Kids in India’s Ganga River After Altercation with Husband
A mother of five reportedly threw her children into the Ganga river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district early Sunday morning after an alleged altercation with her husband. The youngest child was a three-year-old boy.
The Ganga river is deep. The woman has been identified as Manju. Her children are aged 12, 10, 8, 6 and 3.
The media initially speculated that food scarcity in the subcontinent due to the coronavirus lockdown had been the driving force behind her extreme behavior. However, in a video interview with police, it was later clarified that the COVID-19 lockdown was not the cause of the drownings.
India’s NDTV reported that a police officer said: “a search for the children is on.” The officer added, “Our priority is to rescue the children as soon as possible, We will carry out other investigations later.” However, according to a local publication, the Hindustan Times, the children are believed to be dead.
According to Asian News International (ANI), the woman confessed to committing the crime and told police, “I pushed my 5 children into the Ganga river after a fight with my husband. He always beats me.”
Here is a transcript from a video posted to Twitter by the Bhadohi Police in which an officer is questioning Manju, who appears to be startled (video has been translated from Hindi to English):
Officer: Speak loudly.
Manju: I put them in the water.
Officer: Why did you do this?
Manju: Tension in my mind.
Officer: What kind of stress? Family, food, etc.?
Manju: I had some arguments and fights that caused stress.
Officer: With whom did you fight?
Manju: With my husband.
Officer: What was the issue?
Manju: He used to fight with and beat me.
Officer: How many kids do you have?
Manju: Two boys and three girls.
Officer: What time did you bring the kids to the River Ganga?
Manju: I did not see the time.
According to the Superintendent of Bhadohi Police Ram Badan Singh, reports that Manju had jumped into the water after her she threw her kids in were false. Locals who were working in fields nearby who saw the incident and heard the children’s cries reportedly rushed to try and rescue the youth, but did not succeed.
Manju is reportedly a daily wage earner and while she cited a domestic incident as triggering her behavior, countless other daily wage and migrant workers in India have been placed under tremendous financial and emotional strain over the global COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
On April 15, India’s government imposed a mandatory 21-day national lockdown. Based on the World Bank’s poverty line of $3.2 per day income for a country like India, it is likely that the bottom 50 percentile of the subcontinent’s population will run out of cash.
According to a survey by a Jan Sahas, a civil society-focused nonprofit in India, at least 93% of day laborers have so far lost their one to three weeks of livelihood amid the lockdown, with over 80% of the country’s migrant and daily-wage population facing the prospect of starvation before the lockdown comes to an end.
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