A few members of the GOP may have narrowly escaped an attempt on their lives.
After leaving threatening voicemail messages for several prominent Republicans, 63-year-old Carlos Bayon was found to have a small cache of weapons and ammo in his possession, perhaps meant to carry out his threats.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) received a rash of threating messages from a man later identified as Carlos Bayon.
His messages seemed to reference the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
One of his warnings announced: “You are taking ours, we are taking yours.”
That could have easily be in reference to their lives.
Tracking Him Down
After tying Bayon to the messages, authorities raided his home.
What they found was a man who appeared ready for battle.
Bayon reportedly had an assault rifle, a handgun, and 200 rounds of ammunition.
More disturbing is some of the literature the police found in his home.
One book was entitled, Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs.
A second, titled Silent But Deadly: Homemade Silencer, would make it appear he had some nefarious plans for Reps. Scalise and McMorris Rodgers.
Head of the Snake
Bayon may have been hoping to take out the future leadership of the party.
With Paul Ryan announcing his retirement, Scalise is considered a favorite to take over as Speaker of the House.
McMorris Rodgers is also among the top five Republicans in Congress.
Thankfully, though, Bayon’s plans were cut short by authorities, and both Scalise and McMorris Rodgers and safe and sound.