A Chicago man with liberal political leanings was arrested after allegedly making death threats toward Darren Bailey, a Republican candidate running for Illinois’ highest office.
The incident took place last week on Friday, Oct. 28, the same day as Paul Pelosi’s hammer attack.
Prosecutors say Scott Lennox, 21, made the threatening phone call to Bailey’s campaign office after he’d gotten into a “heated argument” with friends at a bar over a political ad aired on TV that made him “angry.”
In the voicemail, Lennox threatened to murder Bailey and his children, saying he knew where they all slept.
“I’m going to skin Darren Bailey alive, making sure he is still alive, and I’m going to feed his f——— family to him as he is alive and screaming in f——— pain,” Lennox said in the message left for Bailey’s Springfield office, according to prosecutors.
The Chicago Sun-Times adds the defendant also included “statements about abortion.”
From the Sun-Times:
He further said, “He is a piece of white a— racist s—-, and honestly if he doesn’t kill himself, I will. You know what? I know where he lives. I know where he sleeps. I know where his kids sleep. And I know the f——— school he works at,” prosecutors allege he said. Lennox also said “the candidate teaching all this mother f——— misinformation is going to die. So honestly he should just kill himself before anything else happens.”
After saying he didn’t like the state’s current Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lennox went on to encourage Bailey to commit suicide, or else he’d do the job.
“So f—- him for being a piece of s—-… So you know what? I am going to take anything and everything possible. You know what? I am going to make him scream. I am going to make him scream and suffer. Yeah, that’s right. So he better kill himself, and if he doesn’t, I am going to kill him.”
In Snapchat messages reviewed by police, Lennox reportedly bragged he was a “political terrorist” and celebrated the fact a private school run by Bailey was forced to go into lockdown over the threats.
“I feel so f——— accomplished,” Lennox said in a message to a friend.
Police arrested Lennox at his home on Monday, charging him with felony counts of threatening a public official, telephone harassment and harassment by electronic communications. His bail is set at $75,000.
In a rare show of unity, Bailey’s incumbent opponent, Gov. Pritzker (D-Ill.) condemned the attack on social media, saying, “The violent rhetoric and division we’re seeing across our country is unacceptable. Hatred in any form has no home in Illinois.”
The violent rhetoric and division we're seeing across our country is unacceptable. Hatred in any form has no home in Illinois. https://t.co/GBNxAA9KAE
— JB Pritzker (@JBPritzker) November 2, 2022
Reports on Lennox’s alleged crimes surfaced the same day Brain-Dead Biden addressed the nation blaming inflammatory rhetoric from “extreme MAGA Republicans” for the Pelosi attack and labeling them a threat to democracy.