Jahana Hayes, left, a Democrat running in the 5th Congressional District in Connecticut, listens to Massachusetts Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley at Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at a forum for young voters. (Michael McAndrews / Special to the Courant). Featured Image
Washington – With threats against members of Congress on the rise and President Donald Trump issuing hostile tweets against lawmakers of color, Rep. Jahana Hayes is taking extra care during her August break.
“I have a heightened sense of awareness,” Hayes said.
Hayes, D-5th District, said she has been the target of vile and racist phone calls, emails and social media posts. She said she sometimes wrenches the phone from a staffer to speak directly to an abusive caller.
Lawmakers were warned in a July 26 email from the House Sergeant at Arms, a law enforcement officer whose duties are to protect lawmakers and maintain order in the U.S. House, to take more precautions at public events during Congress’ summer break.