Republican congressman says Senate opponents of Trumpcare should be beaten

Stay classy.

CREDIT: MSNBC screengrab
CREDIT: MSNBC screengrab

During an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) was asked about President Trump’s Twitter attack on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) were the only two Republican senators to vote against a motion to proceed on health care discussion on Tuesday. (The motion passed 51–50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.)


Carter characterized Trump’s attack as “perfectly fair,” before suggesting that Murkowski and Collins deserve a beating.

“Lemme tell you, somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass,” he continued. “I’m telling you, it has gotten to the point where — how can you say I voted for this last year but I’m not gonna vote for it this year. This is extremely frustrating for those of us who have put so much into this effort.”

While it’s unclear exactly what kind of violence Carter was alluding to, it certainly doesn’t sound pleasant. And his comment represents the second time in a week that a male House Republican has suggested they’d like to commit acts of violence against female Republican senators who oppose Trumpcare.

Last Friday, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told a Corpus Christi radio station that he finds it “absolutely repugnant” that “the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do,” singling out female senators in particular.

He went on to suggest that if they were men, he’d ask them to settle things with a gunfight.

“Some of the people that are opposed to this [i.e., repealing Obamacare] — there are some female senators from the northeast,” Farenthold said. “If it was a guy from south Texas I might ask them to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

The Senate Republican working group that developed that chamber’s version of Trumpcare was comprised of 13 men.