At least nine capitals across the country were shut down or evacuated because of bomb threats on Wednesday.
Although officials in Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi and Montana fled for safety, authorities there have announced that no bombs were found following investigations on the capitol grounds.
The Associated Press writes:
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the Capitol was evacuated while state police investigated a threat received by the Secretary of State’s Office. He said everyone was safe and officials were aware of similar threats made to other offices across the country. The threat was received as Kentucky lawmakers were meeting in the Capitol annex for ethics training.
Public safety officials locked down the Mississippi Capitol Wednesday morning following a bomb threat on the second day of the legislative session. The state Senate delayed its morning meeting after the building was evacuated. Bomb-sniffing dogs circled the building.
Bailey Martin, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said the Capitol was evacuated and searched but that nothing was found.
In Michigan, writes The Detroit News, an “email threat was sent around 7:45 a.m. to the Michigan State Capitol Commission’s general account, state police spokeswoman Lori Dougovito said, and the evacuation occurred shortly after 10 a.m.
‘We are aware of similar threats sent to government agencies across the country,’ Dougovito said.
Capitol staff discovered the email shortly after it was received and forwarded the message to Michigan State Police officials before 8 a.m., said Rob Blackshaw, executive director for the Michigan State Capitol Commission, a body tasked with overseeing the upkeep of the state Capitol and its grounds.”
This is not the first time that state capitols have been targets for violence over the past few years. Despite their obsession with the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, the move has long been a tactic deployed by the left in order to shut down debate or stall legislation.
Political commentator Marc Theissen in The Washington Post noted in 2021 that attacking state capitols were once encouraged by Democrats.
He wrote, “’Thousands of protesters rushed to the … Capitol Wednesday night, forcing their way through doors, crawling through windows and jamming corridors.’ That is how one newspaper described the storming of the Capitol — not the one in Washington last week, but the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., a decade ago.
Back then, thousands of pro-union activists — many bused in from out of state — rampaged through the historic building in an effort to stop a vote on collective bargaining reform legislation. So, when I saw the images of a pro-Trump mob rampaging through the US Capitol last week, my first thought was: What is Scott Walker thinking right now?
‘It’s like I’m having PTSD from a decade ago,’ the former Republican governor of Wisconsin texted me.
Most conservatives have condemned the right-wing mob that assaulted the US Capitol. But 10 years ago, Democrats embraced the left-wing mob that occupied the state Capitol in Madison. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised the occupiers for an “impressive show of democracy in action” and tweeted as they assaulted the Capitol that she continued “to stand in solidarity” with the union activists. In other words, Democrats were for occupying capitols before they were against it.
Thankfully, no one was killed. But during the course of the occupation, Walker received a steady stream of death threats against him and his wife, including one that promised to ‘gut her like a deer’ and one threatening to kill his sons. Police found dozens of .22-caliber bullets scattered across the Capitol grounds. The occupiers drew chalk outlines of fake dead bodies etched with Walker’s name on the floor, and carried signs that read “Death to tyrants,” ‘The only good Republican is a dead Republican’ and one with picture of him in crosshairs with the words, “Don’t retreat, Reload.’
Over the past year, Democrats have gone back to their old ways. In March, for example, three Democrats led “an impromptu rally” to protest gun rights.
“Chaos erupted around 10:50 a.m. as the House voted on a bill dealing with expansion of the state’s education savings account program when Rep. Justin Jones complained aloud to Speaker Cameron Sexton that his voting machine was turned off.
Sexton told Jones he was out of order, then called a five-minute recess. As Republican leaders huddled at Sexton’s dais, Jones of Nashville and Reps. Justin J. Pearson of Memphis and Gloria Johnson of Knoxville went to the podium armed with a megaphone, leading chants such as ‘Gun control now!’ with people in the balcony seating areas.”
The FBI announced it was working with state, local and federal law enforcement to gather, share and act on information. The bureau said it was aware of several hoax bomb threats at state capitol buildings, but, according to The Guardian, had “no information to indicate a specific and credible threat”
“The FBI takes hoax threats very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk,” the agency explained.
In recent weeks, other hoax threats were made to Republicans.