GOP Chair Tells Republican Voters To Push Democrats’ Heads Under “Until They Cannot Breathe”



During a Republican rally in New Hampshire Sunday night, New Hampshire GOP Chairperson Jennifer Horn tried to energize Republican voters by telling them to push Democrats’ heads under water “until they cannot breathe anymore.” Apparently, hateful and violent rhetoric was the theme of the evening, as other Republicans at the pep rally in a hangar at Manchester Airport joined in. As one would expect in the final days before the all-important midterm elections, the Democratic candidates in the state were tied to President Obama, and Obama was vilified and torched by those speaking.

In front of a crowd of roughly 400 New Hampshire voters, Horn decided to take it to the next level by calling for Republicans to drown and suffocate Democrats.

“A wave just doesn’t happen. Waves happen when every single member of a cause or a movement come together. This is our time. We need to crush it. We need to grab it, run with it, push their heads under over and over again until they cannot breathe anymore, until the elections are over on Tuesday night and we’ve won it all.”


Even if she is just going over-the-top with her metaphors, this is is really beyond the pale. She is essentially calling for violence against others, all while barely containing it within the confines of a political speech meant to rally the base. This is really politics at its worst and most disgusting.

Of course, Horn wasn’t the only one to say inappropriate or offensive things Sunday. Former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu, who specialized in racist dog whistles and offensive rhetoric while stumping for Mitt Romney in 2012, got on stage and did his thing. Per the New Hampshire Journal, Sununu said the following of Democrats and President Obama:

Former Gov. John H. Sununu said Democrats should be “embarrassed of their President who has failed America, who has screwed America, and we have to make a change.

“Think of how disgraceful it is to have a disgrace in the White House,” Sununu said.

Walt Havenstein, who is facing incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan in the race for governor, told voters to leave their friends at home of they weren’t going to vote for Republicans. He also made sure to use Obama as a negative.

“Aren’t you sick and tired of Democrats in Washington following Barack Obama and Democrats in Concord proposing things like expanded Obamacare?

“If your friends are not inclined to vote for us leave them at home. I know the greatness of the United States of America and I will not surrender it to those who don’t.”

Other notable New Hampshire Republicans were at the event. Besides the candidates for national office, such as Scott Brown, who is running for Senate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also made an appearance. Compared to the others on the stage, Ayotte’s remarks were muted and much less inflammatory.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain gave the following statement to MSNBC regarding the comments from Republicans, specifically Jennifer Horn.

“This type of inflammatory language tells you everything that you need to know about the status of the New Hampshire Republican Party. There’s no excuse for this kind of violent rhetoric.”

The former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party sent the following tweet Sunday night regarding the comments from Horn and Sununu.



Indeed. Every time you think the GOP has sunk to a new low, they go out of their way to surprise you.


Correction: The article initially referred to John H. Sununu as a former Senator and Governor. Sununu’s son, John E. Sununu, is a former Senator. John H. Sununu is the former Governor of New Hampshire. Both men spoke at the event.

37 Replies to “GOP Chair Tells Republican Voters To Push Democrats’ Heads Under “Until They Cannot Breathe””

  1. Wait until Wed. morning when the GOP will be drowning itself in tears. I predict a huge Dem voter turnout, and the GOP will be again looking at themselves and wondering why the scare tactics and hatred didn’t do the trick. I have an idea…why don’t they learn to govern instead of beg for money from the Kochs, whose big idea is dumb-downed education, less wages, no benefits, and offshoring as many jobs as possible? You know, GOP, women vote, and no matter how many times Sarah Palin declares that Dems are waging war on us, we know who wants to deny us healthcare, contraception, and a D&C after a miscarriage. It ain’t Obama. We, unlike your voters, have college degrees. We work and we think. Time for a real outsourcing: of the GOP in Congress and the Governors’ mansions of this great nation.

  2. How is this not an act of terrorism? People need to wake up to the fact that the GOP is more of a terrorist organization than a political party.

  3. SMH. The Republicans don’t even try to energize their base with facts, it’s always with fear and violence. They’re too stupid to notice that the Republicans are not running on the issues. It’s always attack, attack, attack, all the time!

  4. Hate speech and violent rhetoric are Constitutionally protected provided they originate by way of Christianity or the fascist right. Any action upon such rhetoric is merely a one bad apple act and says nothing about either Christianity or the fascist right, or about FOXNews or about Republicans.

  5. Wow still another article showing the abject fear that the GOP is having over losing many races. They have been shocked by how many races they were told were sure wins that they have had to dump large amounts of money in. This combined with their voter suppression activities and the races are still supposed to close to call. Think how far they would be behind if all that should be able to vote were allowed to. Why is this happening? A good dose of wake up call for voters about GOP being the problem in USA not the Federal Government.

  6. Grover Norquist said the same thing in a manner of speaking so it proves the abject insanity of the Reich Wing. I wish I could say that we Sane Americans will win but it doesn’t look like it is going to happen. I never get optimistic because when you get optimistic and cocky then things blow up in your face and it hurts that much more.

  7. This ()itch is actually wanting someone to die and it’s time for these American Teahadist to go & we all must vote or we can say goodbye to America. GOTV~VOTE BLUE~or we are DOOMED because we cannot bear for our country to be mislead by these terrorists who are no better than Isis.

  8. Or we could just gang-rape that bitch in the ass until she bleeds out, then do the same to anyone else who threatens us. Of the two hate speeches, I prefer that one.

    They’ve learned that Democrats will passively sit back and take assaults — literally or figuratively with lies and suppression — without defending themselves.

    The only way to stop a bully is to punch him or her in the mouth and stomp on them and, personally, I’m damned sick and tired of simply clucking our tongues and talking amongst ourselves about what horrible people they are.

    The want horrible, we need to strategists and politicians with the sand to show them horrible. They’ve declared war and we’re still Chamberlain trying to appease Hitler. That’s not strategy that’s resignation.

  9. Hmmm. Push them under until they can’t breathe.

    She must be speaking for Joni Ernst, who’s decided that government has to get much smaller. Paid for, of course, by those who are paid so little that they need SNAP (food stamps) to get by.

    So we expect corporate America to be the savior of our welfare? While paying minimum wages that don’t even meet the poverty line?

  10. And we’re worried about ISIS? These backwards boobs know what their saying and their hoping some unstable soul gives them their wish.

  11. I see you’re beginning to panic now that adults are about to take the wheel. Crawl back in your hole for another 50 years.

  12. Just a quick correction – John H. Sununu was Gov of NH from 1983 – 1989 and White House Chief of Staff from 1989 – 1991. His son John E. Sununu was U.S. Senator from NH 2003 – 2009 and was defeated in his re-election bid by Jeanne Shaheen.(Wiki is your friend) Context is key. John H (the elder) is a vicious and nasty piece of shit. His son is a bit more sedate, but there are 2 of them, not just one.

    And Jennifer Horn is a Republican tool. Probably looking to make a name for herself in typical ignorant fashion, why just look how Joni Ernst is doing with that kind of talk. For the life of me, I just don’t see how anyone can ignore this crap and actually vote for any of these cretins.

  13. Yes…you are very sick! Please use your Obamacare to sign up for mental health. A person like you spouting violence should not be on the streets.

  14. Once again I find myself clicking No Way on your post because as I said in another story I reject your pessimism. Either you have surrendered to the corporate media propaganda-voter suppression effort, or you’re a troll.

  15. You got to wonder where these people get their violent tendencies and their hatred toward their fellow man? Why we would ever put them in a position of power where they could harm individuals is beyond comprehension!

  16. I have said many times that the Republican party should be declared a criminal organization, their leaders stripped of there fortunes and the top leaders should be imprisoned.

  17. Ever wonder why republicans always mention Nazi, Germany? It’s because they are obsessed with killing and they want to kill everybody who isn’t like them. Their extremist thinking puts them on the same scale as ISIS.

  18. My God how can any political party be ok with this kind of violent comments! Not to mention feeding off each other at a rally to spread more hate and violence. America has enough of it. What are these politicians teaching the young voters about our political process? I am not only fearful of this causing crazy people to take violence into their own hands against people in our country of other political parties; but it is an incredible insult to my forefathers who fought for this country and it’s political processes. Never in America should any person be fearful for their lives by placing a vote against another political party.Unfortunately, there are many weak-minded people who will take this as permission and encouragement to cause harm or death to someone voting against the Republican party.What on earth is this political party thinking?

  19. Im945, their Facade fools no one. They surround themselves with others akin! I suggest she have “relations” to release her hostility issues! Preferably with someone who has herpes!

  20. i hope ur right sally of big turnout of dems, i voted absentee ballot and i voted all democrats, but according to polls and pundits it doesnt look good for us dems tommorow but who knows maybe polls are wrong and we dems will win

  21. The corporate media said the same things and spewed similar polls in 2012, and the republicans took a beating. I feel the same will happen tomorrow.

  22. Well, let’s pursue this a bit further. Was she seriously calling for violence–inciting violence? Someone needs to pin her down on this, in a very official and public way.

  23. …I don’t know about you, but, from the looks of her photo, she looks like someone with a psychopathic desire to drown babies and then say “Jesus told me to do it”…

    She’s a sick puppy that needs rejection in the worse way.

  24. Doing what you said would make us no better then them. Any fool can just rush in and use violence to solve a problem, but a smart person would realize that violence doesn’t solve problems… it creates more problems.

    As liberals/progressives/Democrats, we should use what works best for us: Facts and reason. All the fear mongering in the world cannot stand up to what facts and reason tells you.

  25. Hmm…..yes, that would be a thought! Maybe we need our own gun club! We may need one to protect our water supply after the republican’s get rid of the EPA!

  26. Ah yes, the hateful, hate filled, hate mongering,racist hate of the lying republican liars is alive and still festering. the anti-American republican racist rant of every single member of the GOP hate and defile political party will not be stemmed. The GOP racist hate and lies continue and is taken up with pitchforks and fire brands around the country. I feel it will not end, until like them, everything American is undone by them. There is a sickening plague of racist hate and lies in the republican party that is despicable beyond belief, and like a plague we will need to stamp it out, somehow. Vote Democrat and save our country from the racist hate and lies of the God Damned republicans.

  27. It’s ok. To use her metaphor, there will be a big blue wave in 2016 that will drown the GOP.
    They should enjoy the next 2 years, because after that…well, it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  28. John, I have been posting here for around a year and many here can attest that I’m not what you accuse me of, but you of course will claim that somehow the media is why they can back me up or some other such silly shit because you have nothing. I am a firm Democrat and a pragmatist that simply looks at, and here’s the word REALITY!! Just because REALITY does not line up with what YOU! want does not mean I’m whatever you accuse me of. Mark my words John, I will look like a genius in a few days.

  29. Judith, that’s because they ARE the very image of what the National Socialist Workers Party was during the 1930’s. The conservatives even sent Nixon to Europe to recruit ex-Nazi’s to work for and use their experience to help them win the populace, they tried to extract the political agenda but it did not work without the deception and lies. Fox News uses the VERY same playbook as Josef Goebbels and the Religious Right is the image of Himmlers Germanic theology of superiority. But don’t try to tell Ben Carson that or you will be kicked out of his lectures and speeches. Ben Carson claims that the Nazi’s were Liberals and Atheists, but of course Ben is just another Conservative Clueless Hack who cannot deal with reality. As Shakespeare said..”So full of artless jealousy is guilt that it spills itself in fearing to be spilt”..

  30. John…How would you like your crow prepared? I suggest a not too spicy marinade followed by slow roasting to tenderize and fully cook the bird. Do you remember the key word John?..Reality!…Pragmatic REALITY!!.. Oh and by the way John…you questioned me and assumed I was a troll..John would troll use his REAL name?

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