A member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday morning after an audio recording of him surfaced on YouTube saying he was “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game practice and wished the Louisiana Republican was dead.
In the expletive-laced recording, Phil Montag, then the volunteer co-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s technology committee, blamed Scalise for seeking to take away people’s health care coverage through the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“This (vulgarity), like, his whole job is like to get people [to] convince Republicans to (expletive) kick people off (expletive) health care,” Montag can be heard saying in the recording in reference to Scalise.
When he made the remarks, Montag was speaking to Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party’s Black Caucus and her friend, Destin Madison, according to the Omaha World-Herald and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.
It’s unclear how the conversation began, but the recording on YouTube starts with Madison asking, “So what is it you want to do?”
Gentry-Tipton responds to Montag’s complaints by saying, “We know all of this.” Madison later is audible telling Montag that he has been recording him and plans to release the audio of their conversation.
“I hate this (vulgarity). I’m (expletive) glad he got shot. I’m glad he got shot,” Montag says on the tape.
“So then say something. So then say something,” Gentry-Tipton responds.
“I’m not going to (vulgarity) say that in public,” Montag replies.
“You don’t have to say that in public. Then say something, say something,” Gentry-Tipton says again as Madison asks, “Well then, what are you saying it to us for? What are you telling us for?”
“I wish he was (expletive) dead,” Montag then says of Scalise.
“Why are you telling us, but not telling anyone else?” Madison asks.
“I’m trying to (vulgarity) — because I’m trying to…