After a “far left” democrat shot Republican congressmen, staffers, and police at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia last week, many people began openly discussing the heated and violent rhetoric believed to encourage such homicidal behaviors. Others, including one notable Nebraska Democrat, stepped up the rhetoric instead.
Phil Montag, the man who–until this news broke–served as the technology chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, made some rather surprising comments. He thought he was speaking candidly, and not on the record, but he was being recorded.
The audio, published by FOX42, contains a few choice expletives. But what makes it offensive isn’t the use of language, but the message of hate he so willingly voiced.
He was caught pontificating on the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.
“This (expletive), like his whole job is like to get people, convince Republicans to fucking to kick people off (expletive) health care,” Montag said of Scalise. “I hate this (expletive). I’m (expletive) glad he got shot!”
“I wish he was (expletive) dead,” said Montag. After spouting off, he noted that he wouldn’t share these comments in public.
“It’s ok, because I’ve been recording this conversation since you’ve come in, so I will publicly release it myself,” a man’s voice on the tape says.
Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb immediately fired Montag. After confirming that the identity of the speaker, she cut him loose.
“We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting,” Kleeb said. “Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.”
Montag is likely regretting his words. Meanwhile, more responsible public servants are trying hard to figure out a way to ease the tensions on both sides of the aisle that make violence seem like the only response.