GOP congressman faces death threats after voting for Biden’s infrastructure bill

A Long Island, New York man has been charged with making death threats to freshman Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) over his support of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill.

Kenneth Gasper, 64, has been charged with aggravated harassment, Nassau County police said, according to the New York Post.

Republican facing death threats

The man allegedly called Garbarino’s district office and cursed at the staffer who picked up the phone, before calling Garbarino a “RINO” — Republican In Name Only — and threatening to kill him in the street.

Garbarino was elected in 2020 to serve New York’s 2nd District, which covers parts of Nassau County and neighboring Suffolk County.

A moderate, Garbarino was one of a handful of Republicans to vote for the Jan. 6 select committee concerning the so-called Capitol “insurrection,” which Garbarino described as a “direct threat to our democracy.”

His politics have put him at odds with many in the conservative base and conservative hardliners like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who recently visited the Washington, D.C. jail to report on the alleged abuse of Jan. 6 defendants.

Greene has also been a vocal critic of Garbarino and 12 other Republicans who voted for Biden’s infrastructure bill, votes that angered the conservative base and former President Donald Trump, as the Post noted. The bill was opposed by six far-left progressive Democrats and would not have passed without support from Republicans.

Misinformation?

When the bill passed, many said that the GOP had foolishly given Biden, whose polls numbers are in steep decline, a win just days after the Democrats suffered brutal election losses. The president will sign the bill, which he calls a “monumental step forward,” Monday, according to reports.

Republicans have generally characterized the infrastructure bill as a tax-and-spend socialist scheme and a companion to Biden’s larger and even more expensive “Build Back Better” domestic spending agenda, but Garbarino says the bills are “completely separate.”

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill will not raise taxes or increase costs to American families,” he said, echoing the Biden administration’s preferred narrative regarding the $1.2 trillion measure, according to the Washington Examiner.

As he faces harassment from angry constituents, Garbarino is receiving support from his predecessor, retired congressman Peter King (R-NY), who compared Republicans like Greene to the “rightwing version of Antifa.” Similarly, Garbarino has pointed to “misinformation” from conservatives.

“I’ve had the police at my house, and they’re more concerned about these [threats] that have been coming in than the ones I’ve gotten in the past,” he said, according to the New York Post.

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