During a visit to Rodney Davis’s office on Dec.20 to demand the removal of Stephen Miller from the White House, Chair of Bend the Arc:CU, Diane Ore, expressed regret that Rep. Davis was recently threatened by an Illinois resident by reading a letter that she had written to him. She drew parallels between Rep. Davis’s feelings of being threatened and the feelings that minority groups experience on a daily basis.
Below is the letter that Diane wrote to Rep. Davis.
"Dear Representative Davis,
I was dismayed to learn that a disgruntled war veteran in Illinois threatened your life over your claims of Ukranian interference in to our 2016 elections. One human being should never have his/her life threatened by another. I am happy that you had the resources to find the man who threatened you and have him arrested on charges of “threatening to kill a Republican member of Congress after becoming incensed at a political ad.” I wish the word Republican had not been in the charges, but, in any case, it’s a relief to know that he hasn’t gone unpunished.
I know how seriously you take being threatened. You carry a gun because of it. As a Jewish American I feel threatened, as you were threatened, every day. I am threatened by hate speech. I am threatened by white supremacy groups. I am threatened by white nationalists. I am threatened by right-wing radio and tv stations who spew dog whistles and conspiracy theories. And I especially feel threatened by Stephen Miller in the White House. But I have no recourse. I can’t have people arrested when they threaten my life.
I am not trying to diminish the seriousness of the threat leveled against you. That was a horrible thing to happen. I am trying to let you know that minority groups deal with feelings like yours every minute of every day. We are never safe. We feel forgotten and afraid.
Bend the Arc:CU"