The ‘Coarsening of American Society’: Threats to Lawmakers Hit All-Time High


The number of threats against members of Congress has tripled since 2017, with nearly 9,500 reported just last year. Many, come in the form of verbal attacks.

“A member of Congress was threatened in a gruesome voicemail that asked if she had ever seen what a 50 caliber shell does to a human head. Another member of Congress, an Iraq war veteran, and Purple Heart recipient received threats that left her terrified for her family,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a speech commemorating the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

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