Van Drew says he received death threat after voting to overturn election in favor of Trump

Posted Mar 15, 2021

Rep. Jeff Van Drew said Monday that he received a death threat from a guest columnist for a South Jersey publication after he voted to reject certified votes that would make Joe Biden president.

The author, John McCall of Ocean City, wrote a column calling on the congressman to resign and accusing him of being “a faithful dog” to Donald Trump, whose supporters had stormed the Capitol just hours before Van Drew and a majority of House Republicans opposed certifying Biden’s victory in two battleground states.

McCall also called Van Drew’s office and said he would “do everything in my power to ensure that you are deposed if not dead,” and said that “you deserve the fate of all traitors,” according to a transcript released by the congressman and published in the Daily Journal of Vineland.

The author then wrote another column about being visited by Ocean City Police after Van Drew complained about the phone call, according to David Nahan, the editor and publisher of the newspaper, the Ocean City Sentinel.

Nahan said in a statement that he did not know the contents of the phone call while apologizing to Van Drew for the content of the column.

“Because you felt threatened and felt your wife was threatened, I am sorry,” Nahan said. “There are no two ways about that. I blame that on my judgment.”

Van Drew did not respond to requests for comment.

“You can come after me with loud words and threats, but if anyone, let alone a member of the press, thinks they can threaten my wife and my family, they’ve got another thing coming,” Van Drew said at the press conference, according to NJ Insider.

McCall told the Press of Atlantic City that Van Drew was “a grandstanding jackass who, like his mentor Donald Trump, is attempting to censor the free press for criticizing his radical, disingenuous behavior in strong language.”

Nahan said in a statement that the column’s language did not pose any threat to Van Drew.

“The way it was written, I do not believe it contains any threats of harm because if I did, I would not have allowed it to appear in my newspaper,” Nahan said. “However, you disagree to the point that rather than call me up directly to ask for an apology, you had a public press conference to excoriate this newspaper and the man who wrote it.”

Van Drew, , who switched parties after opposing Trump’s first impeachment, joined a majority of House Republicans in December and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the election results in several battleground states, thus paving the way for Trump’s re-election.

Van Drew also opposed taking action again a fellow House Republican, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, for a series of comments made before and after her election, including endorsing the execution of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory that the Anti-Defamation League said contained “marked undertones of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.”

A group of South Jersey voters critical of the congressman recently launched an effort to highlight Van Drew’s votes against bills he supported as a Democrat, such as voting rights.

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