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Updated: Norman Leboon charged with threatening to kill Cantor and his family

Anita Kumar

A Philadelphia man has been charged with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family.

A two-count complaint and warrant was filed today accusing Norman Leboon, 33, of threatening to kill Cantor and his family in a YouTube video posted online this month, according to U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk.

"The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others," Levy said in statement. "Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes."

Read the affidavit and the warrant.

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said the congressman was notified over the weekend by authorities that a credible threat was made against his life, and that an arrest had been made.

"At this time, the Congressman will have no further comment on this threat or the investigation, and asks that inquiries be directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,'' Dayspring said in a statement. "The Congressman is deeply grateful for, and would like to dearly thank all local and federal law enforcement involved, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia and Philadelphia, U.S. Capitol Police and the Henrico Police Department in Virginia."

This post has been updated since it was first published.

If convicted of all charges, Leboon faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison, three years supervised release, a fine up to $500,000 and a $200 special assessment, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Last week, Cantor made national headlines when he announced at a news conference in Washington that his Richmond campaign office had been fired at. Police later determined that the bullet that hit his office was a random shot.

He angrily lashed out at Democratic leaders for their handling of reported threats against members of Congress. At least 10 House Democrats reported death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices last week.

Federal and local authorities are investigating a cut gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello's brother in Charlottesville after his address was posted online by a tea party activist upset about Perriello's vote in favor of the federal health care bill. A threatening letter was also sent to the home.

"I've received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my position but also because I'm Jewish,'' Cantor said last week. "I've never blamed anyone in this body for that, period. Any suggestion that a leader in this body would incite threats or acts against other members is akin to saying that I would endanger myself, my wife or my children."

By Anita Kumar  |  March 29, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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Comments

Cantor is a double target for the wackos, he is a republican and is jewish, in this day and age, one is no longer free from the weak minded person, to be what they want, and who they are. PITY...

Posted by: dv1236 | March 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Tea Bagger Terrorism is very real as Cantor now knows. There you are Repigs, this is the Tea Party you embrace and get all riled up with your hyperbole and pin-headed lies.

When one of these racist, mad-at-the-world traitors taps one or two of you, you have no one to blame but yourselves for it.

Posted by: captainkona | March 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Norman Leboon is an Obama donor.

Posted by: munsey1 | March 29, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

munsey1

Oh, you this for sure....I believe you are a BUSH supporter /Tea Bagger. Don't say things that you don't know, even in just.

Posted by: ggant | March 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Here is the prrof he donated to Obama. Not a 'teabagger'


http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=PA&last=Leboon&first=Norman

Posted by: whatmeworry3 | March 29, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Well well, some know it all calling themselves Captainkona, making the usual, ludicrous, flippant, cavalier, obtuse, comments that have come to characterize a bleeding heart, left wing, Obama flunky. The Republicans will have much of the lost power back in November, people won't forget being force fed a healthcare bill by the majority, crooked, sneaky, lying, moronic, Democrooks, remember in November, had a nice ring to it, oh and last but not least Captain Kangaroo, go screw yourself.

Posted by: CanIpulltheswitch | March 29, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope Mr. Cantor is not the target of abuse in any form. However I must say, without attribution to Mr. Cantor himself, his fellow Republicans in Congress brought this down upon him, even if indirectly. Who was it that stood on the portico of the capitol and exhorted the tribe of hooligans to violence? What were they saying if not to threaten our representatives?

And the sad result may still be that some moron will kill, maim, or injure one of them or a member of their family.

Posted by: agrossman1 | March 29, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Why all the name calling? It doesn't matter if you are Democrat or Republican - threats are uncivilized and we can then equate ourselves as a nation with the terrorists we are fighting against. And I suppose you all consider yourselves god-fearing invididuals.

Posted by: quilter1 | March 29, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The only terrorists I see, are the ones that passed a healthcare bill against the will of the people they supposedly represent. I know many folks that feel the terror of going bankrupt due to this ridiculous bill, and of course I don't agree with threats, that is plain wrong, but unless Obama and his flunkies have made a new law, it is not against the law to be angry, is that ok with you quilter1?

Posted by: CanIpulltheswitch | March 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | March 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Who was it that stood on the portico of the capitol and exhorted the tribe of hooligans to violence?"

I believe the name you're searching for is Barack Obama. And within a week there were three separate acts of violence committed at protests...all by people representing Liberals.

Libs always accuse everyone else of violence and hate, but all you have to do is read (even occasionally) to see that they are the ones who disproportionately engage in both.

Posted by: Des_ | March 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Death threats running 10:1 against democrats, and the 1 against a republican was a nutjob (if he was sane & serious, he would not have posted his threat on YouTube).
Nutjobs of course are still dangerous, but hard to categorize as just-another-XYZ. For instance, nobody regards Hinckley's assasination attempt against Reagan as part of a left-wing conspiracy.
On the other hand, terroristic posturing (eg, "watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants") is part & parcel of tea-bagger rhetoric (for instance, the tea-bagger whose blog called for people to vandelize offices of ideologically incorrect officials), along with the weak-minded people who get caught up in the moment and carry out the rhetoric (for instance, the people who vandelized the offices, or innocent peoples homes).
80 years ago, people did not take seriously the rhetoric to resist a world wide jewish conspiracy against the "aryan race" either. Not until Germany was defeated in WW2 was the fruits of that rhetoric brought to light.

Posted by: Denswei | March 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentlemen, does it really matter which side of the isle a dangerous fool sits? The point here is that partisan rhetoric effects simple-minded people with violent tendencies predictably; and the politicians and pundits are to blame.

It's time to call a lie a lie even when our hero says it, and get on with fixing the enormous mess we let the fools of both sides make for our children. When we have to get truth from comedians, and people watch the "news" to hear their own opinion, we have a very big problem.

Peace... please.

Posted by: curtisjscott | March 29, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

When reading many of the comments I am greatly saddened due the degree of innuendo and gross verbiage.
It demonstrates the extremism that has degraded this historically decent land.
How far we have sunk--- how far will we go????
Can't we express our views and opinions respectfully--- they would have more impact and less likely to incur returns in kind.

Posted by: wolrap | March 29, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps this is something we ALL can agree on. ALL POLITICIANS are crooks, self centered, greedy, untrustworthy, and what is in it for me, not the voters I represent, or what does this do for my portfolio. This applies to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Posted by: CanIpulltheswitch | March 29, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Threathen a Rebuplician congressman, go to jail. Threathen a Democratic congressman, get interviewed on FOX. Fair and Balanced.

Posted by: The_Phoenix | March 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Cantor is one of the folks who most often uses irrational emotion to stir the political pot. It is ironic that he has been targeted by a mentally unbalanced goof. .........


http://thefiresidepost.com/2010/03/29/the-threat-of-fascism-in-21st-century-america/

Posted by: glclark4750 | March 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I do not think all elected officials are evil and crooked. I think most are public spirited and try hard to do what's best for all Americans. That is why I am so disappointed that so much of the rhetoric attacks their character and their motives. We disagree on what is the best solution. Some are smarter than others. Some are more intellectual than others. Some are more thoughtful. Some believe government should try to help solve peoples' problems. Others think government should get out the way and let people solve their own problems. But none are sitting there saying "how can I screw up my country?" Politicians are exposing themselves to public scrutiny and ridicule trying to do the public good. They deserve to be treated with respect, even when you disagree with them.

Posted by: AlHerlands | March 29, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

AlHerlands, I would bet you still wait for the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny, to show up. I think I also saw an ad for ocean front property available in Arizona, perhaps you can find a good buy, I hear Arizona is growing rapidly, maybe potential for some real return on your money, maybe the tooth fairy could go in as a silent partner with you. lmfao@AlHerhands.

Posted by: CanIpulltheswitch | March 29, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for letting us know that the system works, that YouTube does police itself and turn evidence over to the proper authorities who then take appropriate action. I am not a fan of Rep. Cantor, but I am even less a fan of those who make threats of physical harm.

Posted by: lydandy | March 29, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Threats and violence toward individuals are always wrong. I'm glad they caught him in time.

Posted by: wdague | March 29, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Another loony-left limp-wrister with a gun attacks a politician that dares to challenge the annointed one and Pelosi. He is just the tip of the iceberg for the number of lefty crazies out there. This is yet another reason the GOP tsunami will crush the Dems in November, to remove democratic nutbags like this one from circulation.

Posted by: Realist201 | March 29, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

between now and election day...
the dems will pull out the stops so that you don't remember the healthcare vote and you are not angry...
don't get distracted, especially as the efects of this bill will soon begin to show...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 29, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The assailant must take his orders from Air America, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Madcow.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | March 29, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

captainkona ~ I was just going to say that this Leboon guy seems to be a pretty typical Democrat Obama supporter, and then you expressed your wish for a couple of Republicans to get murdered.

Hmm

The apple doesn't fall far from the apple eh!

The DNC should set up a special unit to go catch you people before you kill again.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Republican politicians (including Dick Armey and the Koch family {rumor has it they subsidize Armey and the so-called "Tea Party Movement"), listen up:

"sow the wind ....

(stir up the hatreds and passions of unsophisticated, uneducated, unstable people and give their so called "movement" honorific names like "Patriot", or "Tea Party")

... reap the whirlwind".

(your little puppet-monsters get out of control).

Posted by: hogsmile | March 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I am really disappointed with the both the republican and democratic responses on these blogs. We are all Americans here, aren't we?
The Republicans lost this time around. Do any of you (republicans) care to site the reasons why? They (the Republican supporters) will never acknowledge that the current state of affairs is the direct result of YOUR Congressional and Presidential choices. Stop blaming Dems and Obama. If you think you can do a better job "kwit yer bichin'" and DO something to change it. If you're not too tired from running your mouth.

Posted by: skipfrmdc | March 29, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

hogsmile ~ Mr Leboon is one of your own ~ a typical Democrat ~ donated a couple of times to Obama; constantly rails against the Republicans and all that, and hates Jews.

What you people do with your threats and murders is encourage more people to hold more Tea Parties.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 29, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

What was "credible" about it?

It was graphic and detailed but also contain a lot of metaphor. Does the guy even own a gun?

I can see how few people have ever worked a general election campaign.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 29, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Ezekiel 25:17

Posted by: blasmaic | March 29, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. Cantor, when you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Why are you surpised that you and your party's hateful and inciteful rhetoric is coming back to bite you? I hope you stay safe and have learned a lesson that you can impart to the hateful racists you call your friends.

Posted by: PepperDr | March 29, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

muawiyah ~ I'm an independent, not a Democrat; used to be a Republican before the Bush/Hastert regime betrayed the Contract With America (remember that?) and annihilated the U.S. Treasury's balance sheet while permitting the religious right + so-called "conservatives" to purge social moderates like myself.

The Republican Party made itself the minority party that it is today. It no longer represents the mainstream and it is beholden to special interests (the "K St. Project" {remember that?} having dominated most other considerations earlier in the decade).

I don't know whether this fellow who threatened Rep. Cantor and his family is really a "Democrat" or just someone who calls himself one in order to deflect attention from which political party he really ascribes to and what he really believes in. Fact is, anyone can call themselves anything ... .

Posted by: hogsmile | March 29, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his crew are responsible for creating an environment where Jews and Republicans are targets. His "bring it on comments" his targeting Dennis Ross because he is a Jew, his kowtowing to Islamist and giving the finger to Jews, his total nasty partisan political policies, all of these bring out and create a culture of violence. This is what he is used to...look at what is happening to children in Chicago. Obama needs to apologize to Jews and Republicans and to change his violent ways

Posted by: gagalbert | March 29, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his crew are responsible for creating an environment where Jews and Republicans are targets. His "bring it on comments" his targeting Dennis Ross because he is a Jew, his kowtowing to Islamist and giving the finger to Jews, his total nasty partisan political policies, all of these bring out and create a culture of violence. This is what he is used to...look at what is happening to children in Chicago. Obama needs to apologize to Jews and Republicans and to change his violent ways

Posted by: gagalbert | March 29, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on, gagalbert for chrissakes. The poor republicans everyone is picking on them eh? Give me a break. What planet are you from?

Obama is not formenting and environment of anti-semitism either that's either a fantasy or a dream you conjured up to fit your own brand of hatred.

You made that whole post up out of thin air. Show us examples of when and where Obama encouraged hatred against Jews and the Republicans (the GOP deserves it though, considering the way they mistreat and marginalize anyone that doesn't agree with them, much like you).

I honestly think what's driving you is racism plain and simple it's certainly nothing rational.

If everyone is this country would live and let live and treat their fellow man as they want to be treated instead of walking around in some fantasy world we'd all be in a better place.

Obama doesn't need to apologize to anyone for anything. YOU gaga-bert need to apologize for your racist stupidity.

Posted by: davidbronx | March 29, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

As a former blue cross blue shield rep.I do not think people quite get that policies you have right now arent what they seem to be and change is needed. imagine if you had a job and got cancer. How long would your job let you stay on payroll.When they let you go you would go to Cobra (which will raise your insurance 400%)and you have know other income and cant qualify for insurance after cobra runs out. Most people with employer insurance who has something major(cancer) end up bankruptcy court and without any insurance. the big companies know that they are not going to foot the bill , because after a certain amt of time away from work they are going to fire your butt. @nd Did you know that every health policy has a lifetime benefit. Some of you out there your whole policy is worth 300k to 500k for your entire lifetime but you will never find out until it cost 1 million for your specific illness. these are just 2 things that pop into my mind. therefore if you are not an expert on healthcare, I would advise you to read the entire bill and then decide if you are going to go around and threaten people. I know i havent read it, but i think everyone agrees that their needs to be a change.And at least Obama has done something instead of just sitting there waiting for to understand their policies when they need it the most.

Posted by: robpowell729 | March 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I smell revolution! People are sick of Congress. Get used to this stuff.

Posted by: FiatBooks | March 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"This is what he is used to...look at what is happening to children in Chicago. Obama needs to apologize to Jews and Republicans and to change his violent ways."

That is pure projection, which means, imbuing others with your own hateful point of view. The hideous political climate created by the lunatic fringe in this country wasn't caused by Obama himself, but the fact that he won an election, something poor losers refuse to accept as the will of the people. Sorry, but there's simply too much physical evidence, too many photographs and videos of the grotesque, slanderous signs, slogans and behavior perpetrated by the crazy right for anyone to try to foist the charge of raging incivility on the Democrats, nevertheless Obama, who is hardly responsible for the demented actions of the ignorant.

That being said, no one should be allowed to threaten any politician without being investigated. Perhaps now Mr. Cantor will step up and instead of putting on a fake, macho front and belittling those who take such things seriously, will add his voice to those who are rightly concerned with tamping down the insanity before something truly terrible occurs.

Posted by: Koko3 | March 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cantor: Your wife personally benefitted from the illegal bailouts. Are you shocked at how angry people are with you? You're a fake conservative leech. Get used to the spotlight. Why are you in politics anyway?

Posted by: FiatBooks | March 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Lock up that Leftist Liberal the throw away the key.

Posted by: AlbyVA | March 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

davidbronx ~ Obama is imitating an antisemite fairly successully.

He learned that at Trinity Church of Christ.

You can ignore it at your peril.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 29, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Reading through these comments makes me want to check my medicine cabinet to make sure that I didn't accidentally ingest some wild hallucinogen instead of aspirin. While I'm at it, I'd like to check the medicine cabinets of a good number of posters, too. Seriously, what are some of these people on?

Cantor is at fault here because he incited violence against himself? That's analogous to saying that a woman is at fault for getting raped because of what she wears, or that a store owner is at fault for getting robbed because he decided to have a sidewalk sale. And that's leaving aside the fact that the would-be attacker was an Obama supporter.

I thought that this would shut up some of the rabid left who were furiously disputing the notion that Cantor could have been a target for violence. I guess I was wrong. They are apparently out in force, and more nutty than ever.

Posted by: blert | March 29, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

LeBoon is the son of the God of Enoch. Apparently the son doesn't like Jews in congress. He doesn't seem to care about health care reform like the Baggers. He more of a wacky religious terrorist.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 29, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have fueled this bonfire of political hatred and intolerance that has resulted in actual or threatened assaults against U.S. lawmakers since the day Barrack Obama was elected. Going to the brink of violent incitement has made it's way full circle; if there is any merit to this case.

Perhaps the GOP should take a step back and analyze whether all of the stoking of the hatred that is their party base is really worth it. Is it really worth sacrificing what is left of their party integrity?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet we'll find out that this guy is a member of the Coffee Party, and will plead that he had a caffeine fit that made him mentally incompetent

Posted by: apberusdisvet | March 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Folks, give it a rest!
Please let's be civil to one another. Please!

Read the "full rules governing commentaries and discussions" posted right above the comment box. The Post has begun to monitor these pages more closely and besides, it behooves us in a pluralistic and (supposedly) civilized nation to have intelligent and civil discourse.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 29, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to all the fools and irresponsible people who through their mindless words of fear and anger have triggered real threats to real people. Just stop it. For the sake of our country stop it. These are your brothers and sisters your spreading your anger and hate against. For God's sake stop it.

Posted by: kchses1 | March 29, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I can get this straight. When teapartiers were spitting on congressmen, yelling racial slurs, faxing nooses and death threats, it was no big deal and the democrats were being to sensitive. When gas lines were cut, and bricks thrown at windows, republicans were not even alarmed and didn't feel the need to calm down the crazies. Now, after Cantor has already shown that he would lie about an incident, this youtube video surfaces and we are supposed to be so sympathetic to poor Rep. Cantor. Give me a break.

Republicans are the perpetual victims. They don't care who they hurt or slander but want the world to feel empathy for them.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | March 29, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor should take a step back and realize it's his own party that typically hates Jews and other minorities.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 29, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his crew are responsible for creating an environment where Jews and Republicans are targets-Posted by: gagalbert | March 29, 2010 4:32 PM
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Yeah right. The guy threatening Cantor says he's the son of an old Bible Character named Enoch-he's a total religious nutcase.

Just because Obama slapped down the leader of Israel doesn't mean he is anti-Jew. I think it is a good idea for the US to tone down the relationship with Israel.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/qind/

Sounds like an Obama guy to me.

Posted by: kitzdakat | March 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Funny how nobody went after this guy when he threatened Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Reid in a video on YouTube.

Cantor is desperate to play the victim after making a fool of himself with his last attempt.

Posted by: solsticebelle | March 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the majority of actual violence and death threats are against Conservatives? If there were actual threats against Liberals wouldn't there also be arrests in those cases?

Posted by: theaton | March 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

All of you dimbulbs who are claiming this is set up by the republicans, all you have to do is go to the FEC website and type in this nutjobs name and you can see who he donated to during the election of 2008.

Posted by: kitzdakat | March 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The assailant must take his orders from Air America, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Madcow.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde
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Google Norman LeBoon and watch his video. You'll find he's no where near those you say.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 29, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Cantor has no credibility and if you follow the money it is likely that old Eric paid this dude to take a hit and will drop charges. Cantor's claim that he was a target went south and now he is trying to cover his posterior.

Posted by: xclntcat | March 29, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor is one of the most respected Representatives of the American people in U.S. Congress. He speaks with strength and personal integrity clearly presenting the facts and judgments. Cantor is not a person to be persuaded by threats of violence.

A press story of a political threat of violence was told by Democrat Eric Massa when Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Obama’s White House approached him in the shower room. How would you interpret a naked Rahm walking towards you while you are taking a shower? You did not invite him and Rahm must have a reason to intrude on your personal space.

Threats and intimidation are used when rational explanation and verbal persuasion do not get the results you want from another person. Do what I say or else. Pelosi was congratulated for getting the votes to pass Obama’s law by persuasion with veiled threats, or not.

Posted by: klausdmk | March 29, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I think that anyone who makes a threat of violence against anyone else either on a video or even in a blog needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This definitely includes radical members of the right or left who attend political rallies. It includes victims who are political leaders as well as members of the general public. The level of civility in this country has fallen to the level of the sewer and it starts with congress and goes all the way down to the average citizen. Threatening people with bodily harm does not constitute free speech. In Virginia we are now put in the position of wondering if the person next to us is carrying a concealed weapon. Threats of bodily harm need to be taken very very seriously. Representative Cantor is my congressman but I disagree with him on many issues. He is however an outstanding human being and does not deserve to be threatened. I would also hope that Mr. Cantor would be a bit more proactive in warning some of the participants in some of the teabagger demonstrations against making violent threats against the President and politicians on the other side of the aisle. This cuts both ways congressman, and it needs to be stopped before it is too late. What goes around comes around Mr. Cantor.

Posted by: gvelanis | March 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that I am surprised to even find this reported here.

Not like the Washington Post to report any information that reflects poorly on the legions of 0bama supporters ....

Posted by: beebop1 | March 29, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

(stir up the hatreds and passions of unsophisticated, uneducated, unstable people and give their so called "movement" honorific names like "Patriot", or "Tea Party") Posted by hogsmile

Lets see, "unsophisticated,uneducated,unstable people" that reminds me of that Obama maniac from Florida right after the election.

Thank you Mr. President Ohhhh thank you ,thank you, thank you for coming to be with us UUUUUGGGG aahhhhh we love you Mr. President we love you.
I think he even slobbered all over himself. Yes sir, you just can't miss those "uneducated,unstable" democrat Obama voters. Second thought he might have been an educated democrat.

Posted by: Mark942 | March 29, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | March 29, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

To bebop1: I understand your comment to mean that you never read Krauthammer, Will, Samuelson, Hiatt and Parker. Too bad, as you are missing a large section of the newspaper.

Posted by: kermit5 | March 29, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

LaBoon. Yet another "All Wee Weed up" liberal democrat.


Next up on the arrest list.

The Obama supporter who left a message on Rep. Jean Schmidt(R)
He was "Gonna get his 9" and shoot her in the face.

Democrats "Assassins You Can Believe In"

Posted by: dashriprock | March 29, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Koko3

"Sorry, but there's simply too much physical evidence, too many photographs and videos of the grotesque, slanderous signs, slogans and behavior perpetrated by the crazy right"

I don't believe you can show a single instance of violence perpetrated by the right at a tea party event. One the other hand, there are three videos circulating of SEIU thugs and their ilk attacking right wingers involved in peaceful protest. For that matter, despite loads of video of the Washington ralley, much of it shot by the MSM, there is no support to the claims that racial slurs were hurled at black congressmen. Breitbart offered a $10,000 reward for such proof- it has gone unpaid; there is no such proof, even though the congressional orocession attempting to provoke such actions carried there own video cameras to record them. It didn't happen. Yet, on this very thread, there are many instances of left wingers hurling sexual slurs at right wingers. I know of no commonly used sexual label attached to the left by the right. To an objective observer, it appears the left is using violence and ad hominem attacks. A trip to HuffPo yields loads of such proof. Yet, there are literally hundreds of these:
http://cousinavi.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/in-a-sane-world-wed-just-kill-glenn-beck/
http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2010/03/libtalker-calls-for-deaths-of-rush.html

And how many calls were there for the death of Sarah Palin and her family by the left? I lost count.

Regarding Obama's continuing attacks on Israel replete with his insulting treatment of the Israeli prime minister at the White House, apparently the vast majority of the House (including most Democrats) are also racist by your definition: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/03/28/327-house-members-tell-obama-to-make-u-turn-on-us-israeli-relations/

Perhaps you and your ilk have already forgotten the 2008 Republican convention in St, Paul where liberals threw bricks through bus windows and attempted to murder delegates by dropping sand bags from overpasses? A number of elderly convention attendees were sent to the hospital by your peace-loving friends. The MSM was uninterested, of course, but there is indisputable evidence that such incidents occurred in the form of police reports, investigations, and arrests.

These days right-wing violence and racial slurs are mostly fabricated by left wingers, Left wing violence is on camera or the perpetrators are arrested. Doesn't it seem that if there was as much or more of this sort of thing being perpetrated by the right, and especially given the bent of the MSM, wouldn't there also be at least some proof of it?

Posted by: FlyDiesel | March 29, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The US Govt engages in political persecution of American civilians, as well as, sicking its secret police on innocent citizens, and, using its fascist secret police to steal private property, rob innocent people, steal intellectual works, steal intellectual property, steal trade & technical & industrial secrets, and cheat people. The US Govt, its ruling class and its secret police are on par with the Nazis Gestapo, Stalin's secret police, et cetra.

Posted by: max21c | March 29, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Lots of mentions in the comments berating the 'tea party' members for this. Read the article, do a bit of research (seeing as the WashPost didn't do it for you), and you'll find that Norman Leboon is an Obama supporter, and a Shia Muslim. I kind of doubt he's a member of the tea party movement, don't you?

Posted by: Cruzzie | March 29, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Reading the affidavit, I can only conclude that there's nothing political about this threat. The guy is textbook schizophrenic (hearing voices, claiming to be the son of God, etc.). It's sad but it's great that the FBI has him now (of how many other loonies out there?).

Posted by: MadamDeb | March 29, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Cruzzie says:
Read the article, do a bit of research (seeing as the WashPost didn't do it for you), and you'll find that Norman Leboon is an Obama supporter, and a Shia Muslim.

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You must have read a different article and afadavit from the one I read, Cruzzie. There is no mention at all of either Obama or Muslim in the arrest papers or the article. He sounds like a very sick puppy, and I doubt such a paranoid would join with any group, although I might be wrong.

But again, there's nothing in the article about Obama or any political group, nor does it say anything about his religion.

Posted by: MadamDeb | March 29, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

why do you bloody yanks (Americans) hate each other so much? we British have political differences, but we don't blame each other for the world's ills.
This guy is obviously looney tunes - he is quackpot, spurting out madness.
One would have to be completely nuts to make such a youtube video.
He needs to be locked up and medicated. As for whether he is insured, well that's another qn :)))

Posted by: middlemex | March 29, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

MadamDeb.....like I said. Do a bit of research on your own.

Posted by: Cruzzie | March 29, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Here is the prrof he donated to Obama. Not a 'teabagger'

Posted by: whatmeworry3

So the 33 year old arrested is "Norman LeBoon, Sr?"
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Posted by: MNUSA | March 29, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The repugs are chirping about this kook who first threatened Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi so he is an equal opportunity kook the teabaggers however fuel the racist vitriol and the Repugs love them as part of their base. The demographics of America are changing fast and the old southern white men who used to control the power are scared silly. Bunch of cracker clowns. For nastiness that deserves no place in our nations discourse Repugs led the league what with the baby killer and armageddon comments just last week. Let us not forget the you lie yell which was a lie in itself and all the we are going to kill grandma stuff. Vile crud these Repugs small tent smaller minds.

Posted by: jbento | March 29, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. LeBoon has all his bases covered, it seems, because here's one of him threatening Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and entire Democratic Party. OMG! LOL!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/29/norman-leboon-arrested-th_n_517246.html

Posted by: MadamDeb | March 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, "Prophet Norman"

He's a loon who's threatened everyone-- Obama, for starters.

http://washingtonindependent.com/80811/norman-leboon-a-threatening-kind-of-guy

Posted by: alarico | March 29, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Cruzzie, I did my research and I think it's a bit more than yours. :-]

Posted by: MadamDeb | March 29, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it matters what party Cantor is in, the guy who was threatening him is a violent loon. I'm glad they caught him. I'll call this a win for the FBI & the general public.

The problem with fueling anger is that you can never tell who is going to pull up to the pump.

Posted by: Nymous | March 29, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This shows me that American people are becoming so frustrated with their lives that they are becoming irrational. Irrational people are easy targets for the rabble rousers of the media who the media pay well because they cause controversy and controversy sells almost as well as sex.

The problem, as I see it, isn't Republicans or Democrats. It's much of government having sold itself out to the mega corporations to the point where there are enough "Legislative Prostitutes" to stop anything the corporations don't want and force through just about anything they do want.

As a result we see jobs leave the country, worker's pay decrease while executive's pay increases along with the cost of living. People are going broke and government won't do much about it. The really sad part is the corporations have got the people needing the most help, screaming the loudest against anyone who tries to help them.

If this continues I predict things are going to get very messy and ugly in the near future.

Posted by: thestoryplease | March 29, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Koko3
These days right-wing violence and racial slurs are mostly fabricated by left wingers,

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WASHINGTON — Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an antigovernment uprising.
NY Times 03-29-10

Posted by: twm1 | March 29, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Norman Leboon is an Obama donor.

Posted by: munsey1
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He threatened to kill Reid and Pelosi also. He is an equal opportunity whacko. the problem is that when you get people riled up, there are a few that go over the cliff. this guy went over the cliff.

Posted by: Julescator | March 29, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Despite having been arrested for threatening a Republican, however, Leboon appears to have leveled plenty of threats against Democrats, as well.

In one video, which was flagged by TalkingPointsMemo, Leboon makes threats against President Obama, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), saying: "Your punishment is coming, the swine, it will be severe, and you will beg for mercy to your god. It will be severe, you will know god's swine, god has warned you."-The Hill

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 29, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

left wingers go beyond just name calling...they threaten to kill you and your family. Leftwing fruits whine about calling a spade a spade but crawl back under their rock when one of their own threatens to kill someone....

Posted by: JWx2 | March 29, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

You won't read it on the site, but the fact is Norman Leboon is a Muslim and a Barack Obama campaign contributor. You can Google "Norman Leboon" and see for yourself his own postings and news reports on him.

Posted by: maxwellsmart | March 29, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Eric Cantor will see no relationship between his political rhetoric and this man's actions. It is a sad and very bad state of affairs that we have reached in our public debate and discourse.

I am glad to see that authorities are actually going after people making threats against our elected officials. However, I would like to know how many arrests were made as a result of the threats being made against Obama at Sarah Palin rallies in the 2008 campaign. Threats are threats.

It is sad to also say that "what goes around comes around." There are cause-effect relationships, even involving political rhetoric

Posted by: EarlC | March 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, now, Rep. Cantor, can you understand that the Repugnant "hate speech" is scary and something about which we should worry?

Shame on you for minimizing the danger.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | March 29, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, munsey1: Not proof, at all, of anything, except a person like yourself whom will try to mislead everyone to get back at President Obama. Current LeBoon is 33. Your
"proof" shows LeBoon, Sr. (disabled and retired). Your type are always and completely unable to back up a comment, or argument with facts. Fools.

Posted by: greginmtk | March 29, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank You middlemex!!!! It's crazy on both "sides" here. I think everybody is frustrated and many people don't have any idea of the sources of our problems- nor of the possibilities for our world should we succeed in solving them.

There is no excuse for any kind of threats, implied or otherwise- it doesn't matter if it's Glenn Beck talking about Michael Moore, or this guy talking about Cantor. At best, it's like 7th graders threatening to beat each other up after school, and at worst, it leads to real violence and anarchy. ---- And it solves NOTHING.

If, as some of you are suggesting, there are a comparable number of left-wing loonies as there are right-wing loonies, then I'm disappointed, but not surprised. It just shows how amygdala-driven we all are. I guess it's like the old joke from the 60's, "Peace... or I'll kill you!".

Why are we letting the loonies direct the conversation?

Maybe the real "solution" to our problems is just to learn to override our amygdala reactions and learn instead to relate to each other as human beings. Hmmm. Interesting.

Posted by: gotalife | March 29, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

As I have read further, I see that my appellation to munsey1 and other misinformed and hyperbolic "fools" regarding LeBoon, JR., et al, are in continuing, howling, insane, paranoidal pursuit of us, their banes.

Posted by: greginmtk | March 29, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised this Liberal rag would even mention this. hidden but mentioned.

Posted by: bnw173 | March 29, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the authorities caught this man before he could hurt Rep. Cantor, who's now been given the perfect opportunity to repeat his call for civility and law-abiding behavior. His prior admonishments were lame.

Posted by: Kelly14 | March 29, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

We will be very interested in observing the trial of this would-be assassin. Very interested, indeed.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | March 29, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Here is the prrof he donated to Obama. Not a 'teabagger'


http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=PA&last=Leboon&first=Norman

Posted by: whatmeworry3
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Wrong man, you fool! This one is 33. The other is a "Sr", disabled and retired. So much for your proof. Instead it is proof you are an idiot.

Posted by: michael4 | March 29, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

You can thank your Agitator-In-Chief for the choas that blankets the land.

http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
[For a light hearted take on our present peril]

Posted by: libertyatstake | March 29, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow! An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, eh? Norman Leboon, an Obama worshiper, decides to make some serious threats against a Republican. I suppose I can say that Republicans were "asking" for it...by inciting tea baggers to a violent frenzy against Dems. And what shall ye do when the s&*t hits the fan?

Posted by: kitten2 | March 29, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Congressman Cantor wakes up & can see there really is a relationship between his hyper antigoverment rhetoric and the loonies of the far right & all the anti-Semites who seem to gather arround them.

Posted by: Sharpjohng | March 29, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess what goes around comes around! Hmmmmmm..... I just smell something very fishy here!

Posted by: merf-1 | March 29, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

'Hopefully, Congressman Cantor wakes up & can see there really is a relationship between his hyper antigoverment rhetoric and the loonies of the far right & all the anti-Semites who seem to gather arround them.'

Err- Cantor is Jewish, and the anti-israeli rhetoric much of congress (including most Democrats) objected to in a letter to Obama concerned that which came from the administration. Hence, the letter of support for Israel which Cantor, together with Steny Hoyer, were the primary signatories and supporters. So, what are you talking about? Calling us 'racists' and branding our objections to massive nationalizations of major segments of the American economy 'hate speach' isn't enough of a stretch; now we are 'anti-semetic'?

Posted by: FlyDiesel | March 30, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

We Told You So!
The "Intent" of the so called racist right wing conservatives et al, not excluding the tea party, Fox, Rush Palin, Glen & and a host of these RACISTS is to insight VIOLENCE against the citizens of this Country.
Now, more than ever before, we NEED LAW ENFORCEMENT to take PRO ACTIVE stand on behalf of our LAW MAKERS.
Lord Have Mercy!
What a MESS?

Posted by: olafaux | March 30, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Another Leftist Loon from the Obamabot Army of Zombies. This ignorant clown was a monetary contributor to Obama, which means he can plead insanity! Marxist Morons!

Posted by: priley8104 | March 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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