Democrat leader removed from position after audio recording released

Published: Jun. 22, 2017 at 10:08 PM CDT
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A leader in Douglas County has been removed from his post within Nebraska's Democratic Party. An audio recording captured Phil Montag saying he wished a U.S. Congressman had died after being shot in an attack.

"I'm glad he got shot. I'm not going to f***ing say that in public. I wish he was f***ing dead,” Montag says the recording.

Montag was talking about U.S. Representative Steve Scalise after he was shot practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.

Scalise suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in the hospital. On Thursday, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb removed Montag as co-chair of the state party's technology committee.

Kleeb says enough is enough.

“This violent rhetoric and this hate and these conspiracy theories has to stop. This is literally not helping anybody in this country,” she told WOWT 6 News.

Montag made the comments during a private meeting with the party's Black Caucus Chairwoman, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, and a friend of hers.

Gentry-Tipton is under fire herself.

The chairwoman shared on social media how she "found it funny" as she watched republican congressmen cry on TV after the baseball field shooting. It would later appear she meant to point out it was in contrast to stances on gun control.

WOWT 6 News has reached out to both Gentry-Tipton and Montag but neither has provided a statement.