DeLay Stands By Threats

On March 31, the day of Terri Schiavo’s death, Tom DeLay released a statement:

Mrs. Schiavo’s death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today.

On Wednesday, in a letter obtained by Raw Story, DeLay responded to criticism by Sen. Frank Lautenberg that his threatening remarks – especially in the context of recent violence against federal judges – were inappropriate and possibly illegal. DeLay regrets nothing:

Nothing in my statement was threatening, irresponsible, dangerous, inappropriate, intimidating, or reckless…No sincere interpretation of my statement could lead a reader to any other conclusion.

Oh really? Here was Vice President Cheney’s “sincere interpretation” of DeLay’s remarks, as reported by the New York Post:

Cheney said he backed efforts to help save Terri Schiavo’s life, but strongly disagreed with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who wants retribution against judges who blocked restoration of her feeding tube.

I don’t think that’s appropriate . . . There’s a reason why judges get lifetime appointments.”