Amidst the hysteria surrounding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmation on Saturday, some Republicans in Congress have been on the receiving end of threatening messages and have been doxxed.
The most recent case is with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Co.) and his family.
Fox News reports Gardner’s wife received a text message with a video “showing a gruesome beheading.”
The names and addresses for Gardner’s family members have also been released:
Amid Kavanaugh furor & threats to mbrs, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) tells Fox that his wife received a text with a video attachment showing a gruesome beheading. Someone has has also released the names of and addresses of his family members.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 7, 2018
Gardner has been in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court since the summer:
What an experience for these young Coloradans! These @NationalFFA members had the opportunity to meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh before our meeting in my Senate office earlier today. Thanks Judge Kavanaugh for taking the time to say hello to them. https://t.co/Agt1F6SIXe
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) July 26, 2018
“I announced my support for Judge Kavanaugh in July, and I will be voting to approve his nomination to the Supreme Court … ,” Gardner said in a statement before the Saturday vote, according to the Denver Post. “No evidence was found by the FBI to corroborate the allegations made against him or to make me change the support I announced for him in July.”
Gardner was referring to the most recent FBI background check into Kavanaugh and the sexual misconduct allegation made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“Every victim of abuse, assault, and violence has been through an unspeakable tragedy and we need to do a better job listening to them, ensuring support is available, and fighting to end abuse of any kind,” Gardner said in a statement before the incident. “I hope that the partisan divide we all feel today does not hinder the people that have bravely come forward.”
Other senators have also faced calls from people to harass them for their vote on Kavanaugh:
Never let Collins have a moment of peace in public again.
— kat calvin (@KatCalvinLA) October 5, 2018
During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh, Republican members were doxxed by Jackson Cosko, a former intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who published their personal information on Wikipedia.
The Washington Examiner reports Cosko has been arrested and could face almost 50 years in prison.