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House Democrats met with Capitol Police and the FBI today after several of them reported vandalism and threats made against them following Sunday's health care vote.
More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.
"We are hopeful that all Americans will feel that clearly our democracy is about participation, our democracy is about differing and debate, and animated debate, and passionate debate, but it is not about violence," Hoyer said at the news conference with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the number 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives.
The two House leaders are calling on Republicans to denounce the threats.
"We in this Congress have got to come together in a bipartisan way and tamp this foolishness down. It doesn't make sense," Clyburn said.
CNN's Dana Bash is on Capitol Hill with details on the vandalism and threats. It's unknown who's behind the attacks, but we do know one person encouraging the trouble.
Dana will report tonight on Mark Vanderboegh, a popular right wing extremist who on his blog last week wrote: "So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows. Break them now."
John Avlon, of the Daily Beast, interviewed Vanderboegh late last year for his book "Wingnuts".
Avlon says Vanderboegh is the co-founder of the Three Percenters, a milita group that takes its name from a questionable statistic that only three percent of the American colonists actively fought for independence. Avlon writes that the Three Percenters describe themselves as "promoting the ideals of liberty, freedom and a constitutional government restrained by law."
Anderson will dig deeper with Avlon about this milita leader calling for attacks against Democrats.
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