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More Threats Made at A Town Hall, This Time At Senator Grassley’s

I don’t know what is more remarkable: the frequency of these events or that Senator Grassley doesn’t confront the man’s threat on Washington.

POCAHONTAS – President Barack Obama is a fascist.

This and other assertions flew through an emotionally-charged town hall meeting conducted by Sen. Chuck Grassley Monday in Pocahontas.

“The president of the United States, that’s who you should be concerned about. Because he’s acting like a little Hitler,” said Tom Eisenhower, a World War II veteran. “I’d take a gun to Washington if enough of you would go with me.”

Grassley met with constituents as part of a junket that also brought him to Humboldt, Ruthven and Rockwell City Monday.

By his count, Grassley’s Pocahontas town hall was his 2,848th such gathering since being elected to the Senate in 1980.

Grassley said the attendance at the town hall meetings has been six times what it was last year.

While Grassley sat like a confused potted plant, others were quick to respond:

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley should have denounced what was essentially a threat of violence issued at a town hall forum, a Washington, D.C.,-based gun-control organization said Tuesday.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was responding to an exchange Grassley had with a constituent in Pocahontas Monday. The man, who identified himself as Tom Eisenhower, said President Barack Obama is acting like a “little Hitler” and then told the audience “I’d take a gun to Washington if enough of you would go with me.”

“It was a credit to the senator’s audience that they booed Mr. Eisenhower, but Sen. Grassley also has a responsibility as an elected official to categorically denounce Mr. Eisenhower’s statement and the sentiment behind it,” said Doug Pennington, assistant director of communications for Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Grassley may not have taken the threat seriously, Pennington said, since Eisenhower appears to be a senior citizen.

“Yet we recently saw 88 year-old James W. von Brunn shoot and kill a security officer at the Holocaust Memorial Museum here in Washington, DC,” he said.  “Sen. Grassley should have taken Mr. Eisenhower and his words very seriously.”

Pennington said it is a “tense time in America,” pointing to news reports of people with assault weapons at a presidential event in Arizona and another armed protester at a presidential event in New Hampshire.

Grassley’s response? Not a peep so far, either to the criticism or to the incident…

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