House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) received racist faxes Monday in the wake of Sunday’s House vote approving health care reform legislation.
Clyburn, a veteran of the civil rights movement, told Keith Olbermann Monday that faxes sent to his office had racist images including a noose. ‘If you look at some of the faxes that I got today, racial slurs, nooses on gallows, and I’m telling you, some very vicious language. This stuff is not all that isolated. It’s pretty widespread. I hope it’s not too deep.’
Olbermann apologized to Clyburn for the the protesters’ actions.
The racist faxes sent to Clyburn’s office follow a string of offensive, threatening, and destructive incidents directed at Democratic supporters of health care reform legislation.
On Saturday, Tea Party protesters in a crowd backed by Republican lawmakers called Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a ‘nigger’ and at least one protester spat on Rep. Emaneuel Cleaver (D-MO). The slurs and spitting came as Lewis and Cleaver joined other Democratic lawmakers in marching to the House . Lewis and Cleaver are black. Protesters in the same crowd called Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) a ‘faggot.’ Frank is one of a few openly gay members of Congress.
An anti-reform protester called Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) a ‘wetback’ last week at a townhall meeting in his home district, according to a staffeer.
Police in Tuscon, Arizona are investigating vandalism at the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Early Monday morning, someone sent a message to Giffords and either kicked or shot out the glass door to her office.