Ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, staffers for committee chairman Charles Grassley (R-Ia.) say they and the Iowa senator have been inundated with vulgar threats involving violence, rape, and even death.
The staffers have reportedly been receiving threats over the last couple weeks, but say they have become more frequent and intense in the past few days as more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I hope you get raped so you can understand what that woman is going through,” one caller told a staffer.
“I just wanted to call and tell you that you are a piece of s*** and Senator Grassley is a f****** piece of s*** and he can’t die from a heart attack soon enough,” said another.
“You’re a disgusting excuse for a human being, and I don’t know how you can live with yourself,” another caller said. “I hope you never have children because they’ll be just as worthless as you are.”
“Senator Grassley doesn’t have a spine and neither do you b****,” one caller told a female staffer.
"I feel really sorry for women like you – outside of your office you’re probably disturbed by this but apparently you have a job to do," said another.
The list goes on.
A staffer told writer for the Washington Examiner Philip Wegmann that particularly “female staffers have been dealing with this for weeks.”
“It has gotten particularly nasty in the last couple of days,” said Wegmann in a tweet.
Ever since Ford came forward last week, two more women have made separate allegations against the judge. There is also a potential fourth allegation of sexual misconduct, NBC News first reported, which surfaced on the eve of Thursday's hearing:
“The allegation surfaced after Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., received an anonymous complaint detailing that Kavanaugh assaulted someone at a bar in 1998,” reports The Washington Examiner. “The sender said her daughter was present when the incident took place, along with several friends.”
“The letter claims there were at least four witnesses, including the sender’s daughter. No names were listed in the letter, which noted that the victim doesn’t wish to reveal her identity,” the newspaper says.
The new allegations have not been corroborated.
Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford are expected to testify on Thursday before the committee.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. He has also denied the allegations under oath to Judiciary Committee investigators.