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Rep. Steve Scalise calls out leftists who are inciting violence: Liberals need to speak up

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) speaks out against violent leftist rhetoric on Tuesday's "The Ingraham Angle." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Fox News' Laura Ingraham Tuesday night about the details behind the most recent threat against the politician's life, and issued a stern warning to liberals in practically the same breath.

What's the background?

Nearly a year after Scalise was almost killed in a hail of gunfire during a congressional baseball practice, Scalise received a death threat against  himself and his family.

Authorities arrested 63-year-old Carlos Bayon of  New York, and charged him with interstate communication of a threat and threatening to kill two members of Congress. The other target was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

Bayon could face up to 10 years in prison for threats against members of Congress, as well as another five years of prison time for communicating threats across state lines.

Bayon reportedly left a voicemail for Scalise in June, which explicitly warned the congressman.

The text of Bayon's message read:

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 [an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth]. That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.

Rodgers reportedly received a similar message.

During a search of Bayon's home, authorities discovered just how serious those threats might have been, reportedly finding 150 rounds of 7.62-millimeter rifle ammunition. Authorities also discovered 50 rounds of shotgun ammunition.

Investigators did not find any firearms at Bayon's property, but did find purchase receipts for a revolver and an SKS rifle.

During their search, investigators also discovered more than a dozen books on bomb making and guns.

What did he say to Ingraham?

Speaking during Tuesday's "The Ingraham Angle," Scalise said that there's no need for threats or violence in politics.

“There’s no place for it in politics," Scalise said. "I first want to thank, once again, our United States Capitol Police. They were very quick to act when my office received this threat."

"They sent the information on to Capitol Police; Capitol Police did research; found out that this man has had some real serious concerns,” Scalise said, and noted that Bayon "clearly had some strong disagreements with my political views and others.'"

“There were others that he threatened as well," the congressman added. "He’s going to have to account to that."

Scalise then went on to issue a warning to liberals about the rhetoric being used by some from the left.

“You look at some of the liberal rhetoric that’s coming out from the left. They’re encouraging and inciting — in many cases — violence. And it’s got to stop,” Scalise warned.

“In fact, liberals need to call this out," he added. "They need to speak up, just as we’re speaking up saying is there’s no place for it on the Republican or Democrat side. I think people on the left need to be as vocal about calling out this kind of violence.”

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