Vulgar threats made against Hillary: Secret Service investigates

Secret Service is looking closely at Right Wing shock jock Pete Santilli following his on-air Internet rant against Hillary Clinton. Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton AP photo

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 — The Secret Service is taking very seriously the graphic and obscene death threats Right Wing shock jock Pete Santilli made against Hillary Clinton.

“We are aware of Mr. Santilli’s comments and will take the appropriate follow up action,” Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service spokesperson, told Talking Points Memo. “He certainly has a right to free speech, but the Secret Service has a right and an obligation to determine what a person’s intent is when making comments like this.”

[WARNING: The comments quoted below may be disturbing to some people thanks to their vulgar content.]

Santilli, who prides himself on being very far out there on the extreme Right, may have gone too far this time with his on-air threats to President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his Internet radio show. Last week, his lurid rant against Hillary took a particularly vile turn when he said that she deserves to be “shot in the vagina” for her involvement in the Benghazi attack that resulted in the death of four Americans last September.

His remarks in full were:

Pete Santilli

“I want to shoot her right in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away; I want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that you’ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALs, the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama, Obama bin Laden thing, that whole fake scenario, because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all. On behalf of all of those people, I’m supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina.” 

Santilli also went after President Obama, insisting he deserves “…to be tried, convicted, and shot for crimes against the United States of America. And if anybody has a problem with that, then you are an enemy of our state.”

But it is Santilli’s violent and loathsome rant against Hillary Clinton that has caught our attention. This is what happens when we feed a climate of hate in this country and it is no exaggeration to say that the Right Wing has been on a feeding frenzy the last few years.

Each year it gets worse as a national paranoia grips more and more sensible citizens, who would no more spew vile garbage to someone who disagrees with them than they would threaten to shoot them in the genitals. But the Internet has let loose the hounds of hell from extremist bloggers and radio shows to disgusting videos to threatening diatribes in the comment sections of on-line columns.

It is more than the coarsening of our country. It is more insidious than that. There is now a culture out there that believes it is ok to say anything you want from disrespecting the President as country singer and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent did on Santilli’s show, calling President Obama a Nazi, to a call to arms for average Americans to defend themselves: not from the terrorism of al Qaeda, but from our democratically elected government.

We see members of Congress take to the floor and impugn the reputation of people who disagree with them or flat out lie, claiming it is a talking point. We see it down in Virginia, where a Republican convention nominated E.W. Jackson as its lieutenant governor nominee. Jackson, a man who wears his extremism on his sleeve like a red badge of courage, has said such things as: “Liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”

And let’s not forget the director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt who claims that President Obama plans to turn the Department of Homeland Security into a private army to overpower the U.S. military. Remember it is Pratt who is often credited with swinging enough votes to stop the Senate bill on background checks for gun sales. In other words, believe it or not, he has credibility in Congress.

Santilli just takes conspiracies to a whole new level, accusing the entire Bush family of treason and blaming former President H.W. Bush with his “involvement with his cronies in the John F. Kennedy assassination.”

And when you get to 9/11, you get to Santilli’s conspiracy theory of the Twin Towers and how they somehow all dissolved into dust, thanks to a some kind of force field of energy.

Goofy theories like this are harmless enough, but when the Secretary of State is targeted in language that spells out in revolting terms Santilli’s plans for her, we no longer ask, “Where is the civility?”

We now ask, “What is happening to America?”

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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