Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount

In the last few weeks alone, the FBI arrested a man threatening Rep. Martha McSally’s (Ariz.) life; a woman pursued Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.) with her car, and Rep. Thomas Garrett (Va.) heightened security at a recent town hall in response to death threats.

Other Republicans still holding town halls say they haven’t felt physically threatened by protesters, but they worry about the depth of anger from some constituents in the polarized environment and what it means for political civility.

Scores of GOP lawmakers have experienced going viral this year with video of constituents shouting their disagreement on support for President Trump and policies like the GOP’s healthcare bill.

Lately, though, Republicans have observed some furious constituents who appear to be going too far.

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