‘May you die in pain’

Pro-Planned Parenthood protester wishes horrific death on California congressman for supporting defunding bill

In this Jan. 7, 2016, file photo, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., photographs legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut off federal funding of Planned Parenthood. At a town hall, an angry voter said to LaMalfa, “May you die in pain.” (image from NECN.com)

The people of California’s 1st Congressional District made their congressman see red Monday morning.

Like other Republican lawmakers before him, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.) held a town hall on the ongoing health-care debate and the effort, led by President Trump and the GOP, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

And like some of his colleagues, LaMalfa was met with boos, catcalls and verbal barbs shouted from the 400-person-strong audience at the Chico Elks Lodge in Northern California, recorded on video and audio by North State Public Radio.

It was the most recent of a declining number of health-care-focused town hall meetings charged by emotional pleas and debates between constituents and their representatives, meetings that have sparked anxiety among GOP lawmakers heading home to face tough questions.

 The audience was armed with blunt questions, harsh comments and red placards they used to signal their disapproval of audience queries or LaMalfa’s responses. Green cards were used to show approval.

Out of a sea of moments threatening to boil over, one stood out as particularly tense.

“I think that your vote to throw 22 million people off of health care is reprehensible and in the service of the rich,” a resident told LaMalfa on his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

“I hope you suffer the same painful fate as those millions that you have voted to remove health care from. May you die in pain,” he added.

The comments drew a stream of groans from the audience in a rare moment of sympathy for LaMalfa.

“We pray for our constituents, too, sir,” LaMalfa, who took office in 2013, quickly countered.

“I think things went about as well as could be expected, given the high emotions in our country at present,” Williams said, calling the town hall a “largely cordial and productive conversation.”

Monday’s meeting might be a test case in how to manage a crowd. As the audience appeared to get agitated during LaMalfa’s meandering explanation of Medicaid costs, he stopped to address the civility of the participants.

“I’ve got the mic, folks, okay? If we want to have a positive interaction, if you want to do any more of these, then we need to have –” LaMalfa said, before being cut off by boos, hisses and laughter among audience members who appeared to take his tone as a condescending lecture. Scores of red cards waved back and forth.

Full story at Washington Post.

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  1. Two things come to mind about this article: civility in our society is quickly disappearing and Christian behavior is out the door. No matter how much you disagree with a person’s politics, you don’t wish them a painful death. This is unacceptable behavior on the part of any human being.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nearly all the Congressional Town Halls have now been subverted by various George Soros organizations that have decided to overwhelm them with the hateful James K. Hodgkinson type of rhetoric.

  3. YFC and TEM must have overshot their Russian River retreat and ended up in Chico.

  4. Joel Fago says:

    ‘May you die in pain’-Planned Parenthood again shows their hatred for life.

  5. Mr. La Malfa, as you know, God is in charge of your life and your death, not this hateful person.

  6. Deacon Craig Anderson says:

    Let’s pray that elected officials, those running for office and all of us remain unintimidated by forces of evil. “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-control.” (2 Tim. 17)

  7. Healthcare is not a right; but a privilege. Although “We the People” are all created as equal, that is not the case regarding the families and health we are born into. We had no choice as to what family to choose, for better or worse, rich or poorer, sickness or in health! In our youth we had to accept what was given to us; but as we grew and become responsible for ourselves, most of us have the freedom to make our lives better than what our parents were able to provide. As adults we can make choices. We are also blessed with good times and tried with bad times; but healthcare can not be free because somebody has to pay for it. I do believe in charity from the heart; but why should the wealthy be forced to pay for those not so…

    • Bruce, your right that we are privileged to have good health care available in our great country. But that high quality health care is not designated for the rich, but for everyone. Good healthcare is a right, not a privilege. How we pay for it is another story. We can afford good health care for everyone if we reorder our priorities, without raising any taxes or going into further debt. Yes we can!

      • anonymous says:

        Is not food a right, too? It should be provided free, and not that St Anthony Food Kitchen gruel, is should be the Fairmont fare. A place to live? Yes, everyone should have a place to live— with a view—how bout the Jesuits’ residence at (what used to be) Lone Mountain College? A great view there. Great, a free place to live. Rents are so bad here.

        How ’bout a cell phone—you cant communicate without a cell phone. You need to have a laptop—how can you get on the internet and read cool stuff about Bob One’s Free Society? And what about a car to get around? Everyone should have a Prius at least—go green, with somebody else’s green paying for it.

        Don’t worry, we are only $20 trillion in debt, but…

  8. For 8 awful political years the leftists/communist visionaries have had their way and been in control of our government. They have grown dependent on the government to feed, clothe, shelter, transport, and care for them, just like a communist nation. The simple fact of the matter is our country can’t afford all of these expenses, we are now $20 trillion in national debt. Over $10 trillion of it thanks to Dictator Obama. Our children will be left to pay for it. That is wrong, irresponsible, and unfair to them. Now these leftists/communist visionaries who could careless about our childrens future are revolting, acting mean, cursing, demanding, threatening, and becoming violent like spoiled-rotten brats!

    • On January 26, 2016, debt held by the public was $13.62 trillion or about 75% of the previous 12 months of GDP. Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.34 trillion, giving a combined total gross national debt of $18.96 trillion or about 104% of the previous 12 months of GDP. Most of the debt is attributed to the last nearly 20 years of war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. During the Bush years, most of the war costs were not included in the budget. Your description of leftist communist reminds me a lot of how we would describe the ultra-white dragoons in Virginia Saturday night. Obama wasn’t a dictator or a communist although his beliefs may be to the left of yours. Words matter, choose them carefully.

  9. Scripture is VERY clear: Bless those who curse you! Message of Our Lady of Fatima resounds: Pray, Pray, Pray, for the conversion of sinners…

  10. anonymous says:

    Again and again, left-leaning types need the KKK “ultra-white dragoons” to bludgeon their completely unrelated ideological opposite thinkers.

    As for the Iraq War costs, the Congressional Research Service totaled the actual full amount Iraq AND Afghanistan by year-end 2014 to have been $1.6 trillion. A ton of money no doubt, but the overwhelming amount of Obama’s doubling the debt to approx. $20 trillion had little (nothing?) to do with war debt. He was just a typical communist wastrel.

  11. Bob One, You’ve drank to much of the koolaid, perhaps infused with hemp as I saw on the shelf in a 99 cent store yesterday. Yes its label claimed it had 100 mg of the drug in it, and it apparently was canned and brewed in Colorado. Please stop deceiving people with your untruths. Loads of evidence shows Mr. Obama and Mrs Clinton do not love this country and want to change it into a communist government. The trouble is we’ve got to many wimps in the Republican Party to go on the offensive, act like grown-ups, and pursue investigations that inevitably what would evolve into criminal trials and life sentences for subversion and treason. The trouble is there is a double-standard in the law, fear of adversary political party…

    • Bruce, you are scaring me. I didn’t know that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton wanted to change us into a communist country. Had I known that I would have tried to convince more people to vote for my choice for President. I would be interested in the evidence that shows they want us to be communistic. What did they do to show a lack of love for our country? This is important stuff. We need to know this. The mainstream press evidently didn’t cover them well and tell us about this news. Well, what can you expect from the fake news?

  12. Bob One, All the evidence is at your finger-tips. Obama’s whole campaign motto was Hope and Change! He praised Europe for its Socialized Governments and Union many times, urging Americans that we ought to be more like them. His mentors included Jeremiah Wright (radical and Muslim), and Frank Davis (Communist Party in America member). There are scores of examples in Obama’s biography Dreams of (his) My Father. Look at his relationship with Cuba, Iran, Israel, N Korea, and etc. His ignorance of following the US Constitution, imposing terrible regulations killing free markets, and forcing our cities to accept illegal immigrants. You have seen it, ignored it or looked at it as harmless. It is a matter of wising up, listening,…

  13. . . . .opening your eyes and mind, and then connecting the dots. Our nation’s internal security is at risk with all the unvetted illegal immigrants, many of them muslims, a greatest proportion of them young men of fighting age, who’ve been terrorist trained in the religion of “peace”. What a misnomer, a deception! He let go jailed terrorists at Guatonamo Bay Prison, he pardoned hundreds of criminals and not just those having committed small crimes. He reduced our nation’s self-defensive posture by cutting back on the military. Obama is the worst resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Clinton if elected would have continued the Obama legacy and gone further being bold and very daring having never held accountable for her many crimes…

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