A selection of the messages is below:
“It was surprising to see such hateful rhetoric resulting from an event that was billed as a ‘Unity Rally’,” said Nicholas Weinstein, Campaign Manager for Tom Reed for Congress. “When my colleagues and I attend events, we are courteous even if we fundamentally disagree. We will continue to respectfully engage on the issues and look forward to working every day to earn the support of every voter in the 23rd Congressional District.”
The threats to Reed’s staff come just weeks after Maxine Waters encouraged harassment of public servants, telling a crowd of protestors:
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from [President Trump’s] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.
Citizens for a Better Southern Tier is the protest group that controversially held up a Nazi flag and compared Republicans that support Donald Trump to Germans who supported Adolf Hitler.