A Nebraska Democratic Party official was fired last Thursday after audio surfaced of him openly wishing for the death of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was injured in the recent Alexandria Shooting.
In the recording, Phil Montag, the technology chairman of the Nebraskan Democratic Party, condemns Scalise and claims his injuries should’ve been worse, saying, “His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off f***ing healthcare."
“I hate this motherf***er. I’m glad he got shot.”...”I wish he was f***ing dead,”
Montag made the comments during a private meeting with the party’s Black Caucus chairwoman, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, and her friend Destin Madison. Near the end of the recording, Madison can be heard telling Montag that he would be publishing the audio.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb confirmed the voice recording was indeed Montag, who was mentioned by name in the recording. Kleeb also condemned the audio in a statement to Nebraska’s Fox 42 KPTM, saying, “We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting."
Since the troubling audio, Montag later claimed to the Omaha-World Herald that, “Like every decent American, I am saddened and horrified by the shooting of Congressman Scalise."
“I do not and did not wish for his death. I am hopeful that the entirety of the original, unedited recording will emerge so we can get to the truth of the matter,” he added.
Montag also said that the statement was taken out of context from a conversation that may have lasted up to an hour, but you can go hear and judge for yourself.