Republican senators are reporting a sharp uptick in threats of violence in the wake of a prolonged battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and other members of the GOP’s Senate coalition reportedly met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss how to handle threats to their families, staffs, and offices.
“There’s a lot of unprecedented activity taking place,” Corker told senators at the meeting.
“We’ve been through this in the past, but this is the worst it’s been since I’ve been here,” he continued. “I think we need to recognize that it’s not going to go away with the final determination of whether he’s is going to be on the Supreme Court. There’s something underlying there that we’re experiencing throughout the country right now that we’ve got to figure out a way to address.”
While threats against senators have become a routine occurrence in the Trump administration, some members of Congress say the behavior has become shocking and even dangerous over the last several weeks.
“The level of intensity is probably unlike anything I’ve seen in three and a half years,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told local D.C. media.