A decapitated and burned animal carcass was found on the porch of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staffer, the latest in a spate of threats tied to President Trump's immigration policy, according to WTOP/ABC.
Around two dozen incidents have been reported against government employees issued in the past few days - primarily against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, which resulted in a determination by Homeland Security that there is a "heightened threat against DHS employees."
The uptick in threats comes amid multiple protests directed at ICE and Customs and Border Protection officers, as well as the DHS secretary. It’s unclear exactly how much the threats have increased. -WTOP/ABC
“This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees,” said Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security in a Saturday letter to employees.
The left loses its cool
DHS employees aren't the only ones receiving backlash for Trump's enforcement of existing immigration laws. On Sunday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly called for people to form a mob and physically confront members of Donald Trump's administration if they see them out in public after controversy over separated migrant families erupted two weeks ago.
Waters' rhetoric drew a sharp rebuke from President Trump, who wrote over Twitter: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!"
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Waters' comments came on the heels of several members of Trump's administration being physically confronted by angry leftists.
Last week a group of protesters with the Democratic Socialists of America - including a DOJ paralegal - chased Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant near the White House. Days later, protesters showed up at Nielsen's Alexandria townhouse.
Protestors are outside of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Alexandria townhouse, playing audio of the detained children. She appears to be still be home. pic.twitter.com/akIcxOcM3q— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 22, 2018
And on Friday night, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ejected from a Lexington, VA restaurant because the gay staff was too triggered by her presence. After the story went viral, Sanders posted to Twitter: "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so"
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Meanwhile, White House adviser Stephen Miller - largely credited with pushing President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy of arresting and processing those entering the U.S. illegally - was heckled at a Mexican restaurant two days before Nielsen was harassed. And on Saturday, left-wing activists harassed Florida AG Pam Bondi at a movie theater.
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018
“It is part of a trend,” said Bondi. “When you’re violent and cursing and screaming and blocking me from walking into a movie, there’s something wrong,” she said. “The next people are going to come with guns. That’s what’s going to happen.”
Then of course there's Peter Fonda, who wished in now-deleted Tweets that 12-year-old Barron Trump should be kidnapped and thrown in a cage with pedophiles - which First Lady Melania Trump called the Secret Service over.
As Politico notes, shaming of public officials is nothing new.
The public shaming of party officials is more closely associated with Latin American politics. Last year, Venezuelan expatriates in South Florida engaged in what they called a “social media manhunt” of officials with ties to the regime, chanting them out of diners. The protest confrontations have been traced back to what were called “escraches” in the 1990s in Argentina, where victims of the former military dictatorship accosted their accused torturers in public confrontations.
Just in the past week, a number of senior Trump administration officials were subjected to the U.S. version of escraches in both Washington, D.C., and outside the city.
Meanwhile, the hate is starting to trickle down to average Trump voters.
“There’s not more energy on the left. There’s more hatred,” said Peruvian immigrant Jackie Toledo, a Tampa Republican who said her kids were harassed in a coffee shop. “I signed up for this. But my kids? I thought kids were off limits. Family is off limits. And it backfires when you attack families.”