Still Trolling to Blame the Right for Violence: L.A. Times Notes Threat to Rush Limbaugh Critic

The media couldn't pin the Gabrielle Giffords shooting on conservatives, but that doesn't mean they've stopped trolling for proof that conservatives are racist and violent. In California, a liberal state senator running for Mayor of San Francisco named Leland Yee received an indirect death threat after he attacked Rush Limbaugh. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard said he and the California Highway Patrol are looking into the letter, which includes a drawing of a noose. The  Los Angeles Times managed to start connecting dots to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting:

Yee, who is running for mayor of San Francisco, had recently accused radio personality Rush Limbaugh of mocking the Chinese language and culture during his radio program.

The fax received by Yee’s office Wednesday uses racist language about Yee and Obama and goes on to say: "Without exceptions, Marxists are enemies of the United States Constitution! Death to all Marxists! Foreign and Domestic!"

The message arrived a day after Beard held a training session for all California state Senators about how to look out for potential violence and discussed the recent shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

"It is quite disturbing that such racist sentiment still exists in our country," Yee said in a statement Wednesday about the fax. "As I have said in the past, it is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance. Such vitriol has no place within our political discourse or anywhere in our society."

NBC Bay Area had more detail:

Wednesday Yee said he received a fax that called him a Marxist and "Fish Head Leeland Lee." The letter continued by saying Limbaugh would kick Yee's "chink ass." It closed with the phrase "Death to all Marxists."

The letter also came with an illustration of a pick up truck with an American flag dragging the head of President Barack Obama in a noose.

The local liberal blog Fog City Journal also connects dots to Tucson:

The expletive-laden faxes contain graphics and language similar to messages Yee received in April 2010 after he called for Sarah Palin’s speaking fee at California State University to be disclosed. Recently, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona contacted Yee regarding the April faxes and a possible connection to faxes found during the investigation surrounding the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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