A Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) operative has been fired from his position on the Technology Committee of the of the NDP after recorded audio appeared in which he says he was “fucking glad” that Congressman Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and that he wishes Scalise “was fucking dead.”
Phil Montag, the state party’s technology committee co-chairman, was recorded saying “I’m glad he got shot” and “I wish he was fucking dead” during a private meeting with NDP Black Caucus Chair Chelsey Gentry-Tipton that was recorded.
Rep. Scalise was shot during a targeted attack on GOP members of Congress in Alexandria, Va., in mid-June by radical leftist James T. Hodgkinson, who wanted to kill Republicans. Gentry-Tipton has come under fire herself after she made comments on Facebook that she thought it was “funny” that Republicans were “crying” after Scalise and four others were injured.
Here is a transcript of the discussion, provided by Leavenworth St., a conservative blog in Nebraska:
Male: “Right now, so what is it that you want to do?”
Phil Montag: “Let me tell you, that motherfucker, the one that was shot, the scafie guy…I mean that guy, what’s was his name scafie?”
Male: “I really don’t want you to deflect right now.”
Montag: “No, this motherfucker, like his whole job is to like get people , convince Republicans to fuckin’ kick people off fuckin’ healthcare”
Female: “We know all of this.”
Montag: “I hate this motherfucker”
Female: “We know this”
Montage: “I’m fuckin’ glad he got shot!”
Male: “Phil! Phil!”
Montag: “I’m glad he got shot!”
Montage: “I’m not going to fuckin’ say that in public.”
Female: “You don’t have to say that in public.”
Male: “Then what are you saying it to us for?”
Female: “Say something, say something.”
Male: “What are you telling us for?”
Montag: “I wish he was fuckin’ dead!”
Male: “Why are you telling us but not telling anyone else?”
Montag: “Cause I’m trying to fuckin’ figure all this shit out.”
Male: “It’s OK, because I’ve been recoding this conversation since you’ve come in, so I will publicly release it myself.”
In the wake of the released audio, NDP Chairwoman Jane Kleeb removed Montag from his position with the state party.
"I apologize to all the Democrats who now have to answer at the sale barn or hair salon what is wrong with the direction of politics," Kleeb told the Lincoln Journal Star.
"The hateful rhetoric has no place in the Democratic Party and does not represent the values of Democrats across our state and country who lift up working-class families every day."
Reached for comment by Conservative Review, Kleeb said “The amount of heated political rhetoric is dangerous and reckless.”
Montag denied wishing that Scalise was dead, arguing to the Omaha World-Herald Thursday that his words had been taken out of context.
“Like every decent American I am saddened and horrified by the shooting of Congressman Scalise,” Montag told the paper by email. “I do not and did not wish for his death. I am hopeful that the entirety of the original, unedited recording will emerge so we can get to the truth of the matter.”
Mr. Montag did not respond to a request for comment from Conservative Review.