ByÂ Emma Dumain, Roll Call
â€œPotentially threateningâ€ phone calls have been made to the district and Capitol Hill offices of Rep.Â Yvette ClarkeÂ (D-N.Y.), and the Capitol Police have begun an investigation.
The calls arose, Clarke said in a statement posted to her website Thursday, after a conservative website posted comments Clarke made criticizing the tea party movement for contributing to a polarized political environment in Washington. Clarke said her comments were taken out of context.
â€œWhile I respect the views of the American people, our office takes any threat seriously. We donâ€™t underestimate any potential threat,â€ Clarke said in her statement. She released no specifics about what the callers said.
TheBlaze.com, Clarke said, posted footage from her April address to the Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform in which she spoke of alleged instances of bigotry and intolerance by tea party supporters.
The website notes that â€œthe video cuts together several different statements from Clark about the tea party to make them appear to be one coherent whole.â€
Clarke contends the footage sparked a flood of angry calls â€” including some that verged on threatening.
â€œKnow that I find it extremely disappointing that my words were edited and removed from context,â€ Clarke continued.
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