A House Republican said on Wednesday that she has received death threats after flipping against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for speaker.
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), who made the announcement, voted for House Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) in the second ballot after backing Jordan in the first one on Tuesday.
“Since my vote in support of Chairwoman Granger, I have received credible death threats and a barrage of threatening calls. The proper authorities have been notified and my office is cooperating fully,” Miller-Meeks said in a statement. “One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully.”
“Someone who threatens another with bodily harm or tries to suppress differing opinions undermines opportunity for unity and regard for freedom of speech,” Miller-Meeks added. “That’s why I spoke out forcefully against censorship and suppression during the COVID-19 pandemic. I did not stand for bullies before I voted for Chairwoman Granger and when I voted for Speaker designee Jordan, and I will not bend to bullies now.”
Jordan, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released a statement on X condemning threats against fellow members of the House.
“No American should accost another for their beliefs,” Jordan said. “We condemn all threats against our colleagues and it is imperative that we come together. Stop. It’s abhorrent.”
A spokesperson for Jordan also told reporters in response to the threats against Miller-Meeks, “This is abhorrent and has no place in civil discourse. No one should receive threats and it needs to stop. We have condemned these actions repeatedly. It is important that Republicans stop attacking each other and come together.”
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