This post is going to deviate some from what I typically talk about on Publish0x. I am very proud of is the fact that I am currently interning on Capitol Hill and have been able to learn and meet all of the people I have. By being here I am better equipped to follow what hearing and legislation and relay the information to yall.
However, a difficult part of this is dealing with the individuals who call into the office. More often than not they are not constituents who want to complain to a member of leadership. Being an intern does not privy one to all of the ins and outs of what is occurring in the office and who feels what way. More often than not our hands are tied as our main purpose in answering the phone is to funnel the call to the correct staffer as well as the Congressman. Inters are ALWAYS tasked with answering the phones and I wish more people knew and understood that.
The last week and a half have been.... well horrific to say the least. Not only have I had to alert Capitol Hill PD to threats on the Congressman and staff but amazingly threats are now being levied against me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think so many people would call out of spit and with a goal to just inflict pain. Like I stated earlier I am an intern and I honestly do not know a lot so threatening me is bad enough. A growing trend though has been to threaten my mom and any female relatives I have.
This post isn't to make excuses and its not to accuse but this post is about what is going on. At the end of the day I signed up for my internship to learn and understand how the Congress functions. What I never signed up for is putting my family back home in danger. Never would I ever have imagined people saying what they have to me and wishing such horrific things to happen to my mom in particular. My mom does not deserve threats and if by any chance someone reading this ever thinks about calling their Congressonal member to last out know you are not talking to someone who has all the details.
Its a nasty side of politics and something I really did not imagine people would say. It is very challenging and very hard to compartmentalize and move forward from.