On Saturday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., issued what can only be described as an online threat against GOP state Delegate Robert G. Marshall. In his tweet, Dickinson called Marshall a "terrorist" and threatened to go after him once he decimates the Tea Party.
"@RobertGMarshall you are a terrorist. After I decimate the tea party I am coming after you and the stupidity that is your rhetoric," he tweeted.
We asked Dickinson why he threatened Marshall. Dickinson responded with advise to "Google" Marshall, saying only that the Virginia Republican "needs to be repudiated."
Marshall has served in the Virginia General Assembly since 1992 and recently threw his hat in the ring to succeed retiring Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., becoming the seventh GOP candidate to do so. Marshall says on his website he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. That, apparently makes him a "terrorist" in Dickinson's worldview.
Others did not appreciate Dickinson's blatant threat and responded negatively. One person responded by calling Dickinson "stupid."
"I love that you are stupid enough to PUBLICLY threaten people. You really are a special kind of stupid, aren't you?" one person asked.
Dickinson, however, wasn't finished with his online tirade against against Marshall. In a follow-up tweet, he compared the Virginia Republican to terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.
"@RobertGMarshall there is no difference between you and bin laden. Get your religion out of my government," he said.
After attacking Marshall and the Tea Party in a series of unhinged rants, Dickinson adopted a different tactic. Acting more like a childish Internet troll than a candidate for office, he chided those who respond to his hateful messages.
"I have power over all the haters. You disrupt your life to read my tweets and respond. How sad," he wrote, apparently oblivious to the notion that as a candidate for office, his actions and words would naturally be scrutinized and criticized.
Recently, Dickinson appeared on Fox News' "On the Record" with Greta van Susteren to defend his "war" on Fox News, the NRA and the Tea Party. Van Susteren, however, got Dickinson to admit lying about a statement he made claiming to be the CEO of a chain of adult businesses.
So far, Marshall has not responded to comments regarding Dickinson's threats. We will provide updates as they are available.