A boulder was thrown through a window at one of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) offices and he’s hoping people can help identify the suspects.
McCarthy posted three pictures on Instagram that showed two men near his Bakersfield office, and a fourth that showed the boulder inside the office after the men hurled it through the window, as well as broken glass.
“Does anyone know these two guys? They threw a boulder thru [sic] our office window and took office equipment.”
The pictures show one man wearing a cap, a black shirt, blue and black shorts, and a pink backpack. The other wears jeans and a grey long-sleeve shirt.
Besides being targeted this week, an event that featured McCarthy in August was disrupted by a group that chanted “no justice, no peace.”
McCarthy is a close ally of President Donald Trump and recently introduced the “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018,” which targets funding for the wall the president wants to be built on the border of the United States and Mexico, as well as support for law enforcement.
“This bill combats sanctuary cities, transnational gangs like MS-13, human trafficking, and deadly drugs like fentanyl. It supports federal law enforcement like ICE. And it fully funds the Wall by appropriating the full amount requested by President Trump for its construction, bringing the total amount of funding to $25 billion,” McCarthy said in a statement.
McCarthy, the second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, is expected to run for speaker if Republicans maintain control of Congress, as current Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is retiring.
A pattern of violence and threats against Republicans and those who support them shows no sign of stopping, with multiple incidents happening every week.
On Oct. 19, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was yelled at while eating at a restaurant in Kentucky with his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. That same day, a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening two U.S. Senators because of their confirmation votes for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Sources told the New York Post the Senators were Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Also that day, it emerged that a restaurant owner in Tennessee was sent death threats after renting a room to Re. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
On Oct. 16, a Democratic operative was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Republican campaign manager in Nevada.
And on Oct. 15, Collins received a letter at her house that purportedly contained the poison ricin.