Dem Rep. Jackson Lee: Words ‘Can Actually Break Your Bones’



Saturday, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) attacked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the Republican nominee for House Speaker in the next Congress.

According to the Texas Democrat, McCarthy not condemning them publicly was “sad and shameful” because she claimed words could do physical harm.

“[McCarthy] was trying to defend them in a public manner,” she said. “He alleges that he spoke to them quietly in private. But that did nothing to the potential threat. And let me just say this, Reverend Sharpton — it is very well-documented that words nowadays can actually break your bones. Words have generated violence. We have seen that since the former president of the United States generated his first remark, ‘Beat him up. I will pay for your lawyers.’ And violence has been generated by words, and so for Leader McCarthy at that time not to denounce these actions in a most vigorous way was also sad and shameful at the same time.”


  1. Most honorable Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
    I disagree with you. Saying to beat up anyone is a far cry from the record shootings that we have seen happen in our major cities. You must admit that what ever our Democratic Mayors are doing in cities like Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angles, Dallas, and other places is just not working. Perhaps your time would be better off finding a solution to the CURRENT problem than that of finding fault the past which is history that cannot be changed. Look forward to what you CAN do to make a safe and friendly nation for all of us to live in rather than fear to live in. This includes attacking all the crime that happens, finding those responsible, finding why they went into crime and cure it, getting drugs off our streets, stopping drugs and gangs from taking over communities, supporting our law enforcement through more integration, demanding prosecutors do their jobs and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law regardless of race, demanding the revolving door at prisons stop immediately. Instead of being a racist or even appearing like one, it is imperative that our represent everyone regardless of the color of their skin and are instead judged by the content of their character.


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