Scott Boston, a St. Louis Tea Party activist, said, âShe walks around like sheâs some sort of Rainbow Brite Care Bear or something but really sheâs an evil monster.â âWe have to kill the Claire Bear,â he added.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local police are performing more patrols around the senatorâs house at the request of the Capitol Police, and that she now has extra security at public events.
Steelman has not made a public comment condemning Bostonâs comments, despite being present at the event supporting her, and neither have McCaskillâs other GOP challengers, Rep. Tod Akin (R-MO) or John Brunner. Boston later said he did not intend the comment to be a threat.
In a statement provided to ThinkProgress, Missouri Democratic Party spokesperson Caitlin Legacki, said, âThe kind of language in this threat is totally unacceptable and needs to be immediately renounced by Todd Akin, John Brunner and Sarah Steelman.â
âWhat makes America different from the rest of the world is that we settle our political disagreements without threats of violence. Akin, Brunner and Steelman need to make it crystal clear to their supporters that this kind of language will not be tolerated in any venue under any circumstances. If they refuse to do so, these three candidates are sending a clear message that they endorse the kind of inflammatory language that could lead to violence, or something worse,â Legacki said.