House Minority Whip Eric Cantor blamed top Democrats for “fanning the flames” regarding threats to members of Congress — and says his office in Richmond was shot at earlier this week.
Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said the heads of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are using allegations of harassment and threats to Democrats nationwide for political purposes.
Cantor said he doesn’t release information about the incidents of threats against himself to the media because it would only ratchet up violence. But he did say a bullet shot through the window in his campaign office in Richmond on Monday evening, and he has received threats because he is Jewish.
According to a statement by the Richmond Police department, the bullet struck the window in a "downward direction" and broke the window, but did not penetrate the window blinds – suggesting that it was not a point blank shot at Cantor’s office window.
"There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman," the statement reads.
“[I] have deep concerns that some, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine in particular, are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon,” Cantor said.
Democrats and Republicans today moved to distance themselves from the violence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “we all reject” any derisive language used by protestors Sunday in the lead up to the health care vote. The top House Democrat said protesters and those engaging in violence and threats should not be lumped together.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said that the “violence and the threats are unacceptable.” Tea party organizers across the country have also condemned the threats and vandalism.