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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) shared a compilation of a dozen vulgar and threatening calls to his congressional office to highlight an increase in threats of violence in politics.

“Threats of violence against politics have risen sharply in recent years. But the darkness has hit new lows,” Kinzinger said in a tweet accompanying the video on Tuesday. “My new interns made this compilation of recent calls they received while working in my DC office.”

“Hope you die naturally as fast as f—— possible,” one caller said.

“I will come to demonstrate in front of your house this weekend. We know who your family is and we will pick you up,” another caller said. “Go get your wife, go get your children.”

Some of the calls in the compilation did not involve a direct threat, but showed the kind of vulgar and angry calls his office receives.

“You are the biggest shitty politician in the world. Why don’t you go away and shut your fucking mouth, you motherfucker,” one caller said.

The video noted that calls and voicemails to Kinzinger’s Congressional office are received from high school and college interns “attempting to learn about the legislative process.”

“Threats are unbalanced and all too common,” Kinzinger said in another tweet from his personal account.

Capitol Police said its threat assessment team has opened approximately 1,820 cases, including direct threats and directions of interest, since March 23, 2022.

The number of threat assessment cases opened by Capitol Police has increased in recent years: in 2021 there were 9,625 cases, compared to 8,613 in 2020, 6,955 in 2019, 5,206 in 2018 and 3,939 in 2017.

Kinzinger, along with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), is one of two House Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 select committee. His participation in the panel, which House Republican leaders boycotted, has come under intense criticism from other Republicans. Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee formally censured Kinzinger and Cheney for serving on the Jan. 6 panel.

Tuesday is not the first time Kinzinger, who is not seeking re-election, has publicly shared threats against his family.

Last month, Kinzinger posted a photo of a letter sent to his home addressed to his wife warning that Kinzinger would be “executed.”

“Until we’ve mastered telling people the truth, we can’t expect anything else,” Kinzinger said on ABC’s “This Week” at the time.

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