Multiple Democratic lawmakers have reported receiving threatening phone calls saying “you guys are next” following today’s mass shooting at the GOP congressional baseball game practice, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.
During a members-only security briefing, California Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragàn said that multiple Democratic House lawmakers have received threatening phone calls on their personal phones.
Barragàn did not disclose the identity of her colleagues who received the threats but did say that “other Democratic members expressed concern that they were getting calls saying, ‘You Democrats, you Democrats.’ ”
One of the calls went to “a member who was not on the [Democratic baseball] team,” she said, “and other Democratic members expressed concern that they were getting calls saying, ‘You Democrats, you Democrats.’”
Members agreed during Wednesday’s meeting that there have been more threats recently during the last few weeks and months, two Democrats told BuzzFeed News. A House Democratic aide confirmed the uptick.
Members shared stories about threats during the meeting, including Reps. Al Green, Emanuel Cleaver and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to the member. Pelosi also referenced the threats she has received in a speech on the House floor after the meeting.
Green, a Democrat from Texas, told BuzzFeed News later Wednesday that he received a number of “polarizing” and “party-specific” calls today, similar to the ones described by Barragàn.
Green added that he has received a spike in threatening phone calls lately, most of which were in response to his plans to prepare to impeach President Trump.
Green said that many members of both parties discussed an increase in the amount and “intensity of ugly calls” they’ve been receiving lately. “Some of them were the kinds of threats that really tug at your heart,” he said.
Republican lawmakers have also received threatening messages following the incident.
The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) said they received a “disturbing” email with the subject line “One down, 216 to go…” following today’s shooting.