If it weren’t enough for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-NY) to have been shot in June 2017 by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter, a man from a town eight miles southeast of Niagara Falls has been arrested for leaving a threatening voicemail for Scalise, stating, “You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead.”
Carlos Bayon, 63, of Grand Island, allegedly left the message on July 30; another reported recipient of the message was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), according to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram.
Police said the complete voice message was as follows:
Hey, listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente [Spanish for ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’]. That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.
Scalise’s spokeswoman Lauren Fine stated, “Whip Scalise is grateful to law enforcement for their actions. He will never forget how their heroism saved his life and those of his colleagues last year. As he has said before, there is absolutely no place in our political discourse for violent threats.”
Fine said Scalise and his staff had never heard of Bayon, who hails from Puerto Rico. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. was queried as to whether the cause of Bayon’s action was immigration; he answered, “I think that’s a reasonable interpretation.”
Kennedy said that when the FBI searched Bayon’s home, “very concerning” items were found. He added, “We are convinced that this defendant’s threats were credible.”
The Buffalo News reported in 2005 that Bayon won a $601,000 judgment from the state of New York after suing the University at Buffalo over what he said was unfair treatment from faculty members who made it impossible for him to obtain his Ph.D. in anthropology. The suit alleged that faculty gave him low grades because he had accused them of discrimination.