Republican candidate Deserae Morin just wants what’s best for Vermont, but it seems at least one individual or organization has a different idea. A threatening letter from an unknown assailant outlined a plan to attack right-leaning leaders, including Morin, calling it “open season for Republican death in Vermont.” Although state officials continue to investigate at this time, little is known about who sent the note or why they feel the way they do.
• It isn’t yet known exactly who sent the letter, but Morin first posted it on her Facebook page here. She later removed it, instead encouraging supporters with security services to volunteer their time so she can continue campaigning.
• The now-removed letter was undoubtedly strange, containing a mixture of letter cutouts from newspapers and magazines arranged in an ominous message. “My comrades will kill you and the Constitution. Socialism is here. Open season for Republican death in Vermont.”
• The frightening note also threatens to “rape her for days,” and declares that she will “scream and know agonizing horror.” Multiple politicians have condemned the message, encouraging her to stay safe and protect herself at all times.
• But Morin isn’t backing down. Instead, she turns the issue on its face to remind people of why she’s running in the first place. “My entire platform,” she writes, “consists of protecting individual liberty, ensuring small government, reducing taxes, increasing personal choices and a deep commitment to the Constitution. Apparently these are things that make the Socialists want to kill me… How telling.”
• She isn’t the first Vermont candidate to receive death threats. In fact, Vermont Democratic candidate, Christine Hallquist, was also threatened over being transgender. Democratic State Rep. Kiah Morris of Bennington also stepped down from her position after an unknown party threatened to take her life, too.