Busted: Cantor’s Direct Bullet Attack Story Highly Exaggerated
March 26, 2010
(ChattahBox)—According to an official police report, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) recent harrowing tale of a bullet crashing through the window of his Richmond campaign office, was highly exaggerated. In his Thursday press conference, in which he blamed Democrats for the recent teapartier threats and attacks against them, he claimed he was “directly threatened.” “Just recently, I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week,” said Cantor. Well, it turns out that the bullet was shot up in the air from a nearby neighborhood and randomly scathed a window in the same building where Cantor’s campaign office is located. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) derisive and accusatory press conference, attacked Democratic lawmakers for “dangerously fanning the flames that these incidents be used as a political weapon.”
In an increasing ugly political climate, with violent acts and threats against Democrat lawmakers and tea party protesters spitting and hurling racial and anti-gay slurs, Democrats have urged Republican leaders to tamp down their over-heated rhetoric, to refrain from inciting the fringe of their base and to condemn the violence. Republicans responded mostly with silence, but eventually gave lukewarm statements condemning violence in general, while minimizing the threats towards Democrats and even questioning the legitimacy of their claims.
According to the Richmond Police Department, as reported by Talking Points Memo:
“A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds. There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.”
Rep. Cantor’s campaign office is located on one of the upper floors.
And Public Information Manager Gene Lepley told TPM, “What we were describing yesterday in fact describes an act of random gunfire.”
So much for that “directly threatened” story.