Two GOP candidates for public office in Minnesota were assaulted after a now-suspended party spokesman called for violence against Republicans.
“The suspension came days after Minnesota state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm after spotting a man destroying Republican yard signs. She said the attack left her scared, and her attacker only desisted when she fled to her car and threw it in reverse,” according to a Wednesday report.
“It was just insane. He was charging at me, saying, ‘Why don’t you go kill yourself?'” Anderson told the Washington Free Beacon. “To have someone physically coming after you and attacking you is just disheartening.”
Anderson’s assault case is open, according to the local police department.
“First-time state representative candidate Shane Mekeland suffered a concussion after getting sucker punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant in Benton County” the report said. “Mekeland told the Free Beacon he has suffered memory loss—forgetting Rep. Anderson’s name at one point in the interview—and doctors tell him he will have a four-to-six week recovery time ahead of him. He said he was cold cocked while sitting at a high top table at a local eatery and hit his head on the floor.”
The attacks came after a Minnesota Democrat spokesman called for violence against Republicans on Facebook.
“The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has suspended communications staffer William Davis for one week without pay after making a Facebook post joking that Democrats would ‘bring [Republicans] to the guillotine’ on Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections,” the report said.
Violence against the politically right-of-center has become a common theme among leftists in the President Donald J. Trump era. Numerous national Democrat lawmakers, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have called for harassment of Republicans. Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton told Democrats that they could not be “civil” towards Republicans in an interview in the U.K. last week.
Big League Politics recently compiled a list of 20 instances of leftist violence against the GOP and its members over the past two years.
1. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot by a leftist supporter of Bernie Sanders at Congressional baseball practice in 2017, and nearly died from his injuries.
2. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was attacked and severely injured by a Democrat neighbor while mowing his lawn. He suffered fractured ribs and pleural effusion. GQ magazine then suggested that he deserved it.
3. Rep. Dave Kustoff (R-Tenn.), was run off the road by a violent leftist who was upset about healthcare.
4. An abortion activist threatened to rape Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) if she voted in favor of confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
5. A liberal teacher in Minnesota called for someone to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh on Twitter. She later resigned.
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