In wake of phone call threatening violence, Slotkin calls for elected officials to set examples

A recent call to U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s campaign headquarters in Lansing that used language threatening, sexually explicit and violent — including a threat to “shoot my way to victory” — was traced to a young person in Ingham County, deemed unlikely to post an actual threat.

“I am grateful for the efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police and law enforcement agencies here in the 8th District for their swift work,” Slotkin said in a statement.

“This is not the first time violent threats have been directed at me or members of my team,” Slotkin said. “I am making this threat public because the climate has gotten significantly worse in the last few weeks. I also want to make clear that law enforcement will be involved in each and every threat we receive. We cannot let it be normal that political differences are metered out with threats of violence.”

With just over a week to the election, Slotkin said that every elected leader needs to set an example by “calling out violent and intimidating threats and making clear it has no business in the 8th District, our state and our country.”

“We have to be better than this,” Slotkin said. “Our kids and our country deserve better than this.”

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