Jason Chaffetz Death Threat: ‘Prepare for the Battle, Motherf***er’


Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) has released an office voicemail from March in which a man from Florida threatened to "hang [Chaffetz] from a lamppost."

"Hey Jason Chaffetz—I suggest you prepare for the battle, motherfucker, and the apocalypse," the caller yelled. "Because we are going to hunt your ass down, wrap a rope around your neck, and hang you from a lamppost!"

The man has since been arrested.

Chaffetz said that he wants police to do more to protect congressmen from potential violence. His statement came after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.), who is recovering from a hip wound he suffered at the Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. last week.

Chaffetz appeared on Fox News on Thursday and discussed how this happens regularly to lawmakers without prosecution. He also described another time when someone threatened to slit his throat.

"There has got to be better ways to protect members of Congress," Chaffetz said.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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