Something from my husband for your thoughtful consideration –
Tuesday’s edition* of MSNBC’s Morning Joe highlighted comments made by Rep. King of NY concerning his party’s candidate selections.
It matters not to me if one is Republican, Democrat, Independent, or even Green…my issue is with the flagrant tossing out of a suicide threat if his preferred candidate is not nominated as the Republican nominee.
His statement, as told to the Morning Joe panel:
“Well, first of all in case anybody gets confused, I am not endorsing Ted Cruz. I hate Ted Cruz and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination.”
This was my response which I sent to him Wednesday evening via his website’s comment section:
Dear Rep. King,
I recently read where you threatened to take cyanide if Ted Cruz is nominated. I can only surmise that you have never had a close relative take their life through suicide, because if you had, you would never even threaten something so horrific and hurtful as suicide. It is one thing to dislike Ted Cruz and/or his policies, but it is totally insensitive of you to even use suicide to portray such an action.
If for some reason, you really mean what you state, then I implore you to seek out help for the overwhelming feelings of helplessness that you feel. I know nothing about your personal life, but I am sure that you have family that would be totally devastated by such an action that you have stated. Please not only think of yourself, but also of your loved ones. I can attest to how devastating to a family and to the long lasting effects (lifelong) on those that are near to the one who commits suicide.
I hope that your staff will let you see this message and hope that you reconsider your actions and rhetoric.
Terry W. Lilly
*Tuesday, April 19, 2016