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Wisconsin State Rep. Litjens reacts to Democrat telling her she was ‘fucking dead’

Republican Wisconsin State Rep. Michelle Litjens gave her first national interview to address reports that Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz told her she was “fucking dead” after she voted for Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan. Talking with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Litjens said that while she didn’t necessarily feel that her life was in danger, but she certainly felt intimidated.

“Did I feel like he was threatening my life? Not necessarily, but was I intimidated? You bet I was, and after that happened I just wanted out of that chamber,” Litjens told Ingraham. “Our chamber deserves more respect than that …The Democrats are screaming that we need to be civil towards each other, yet the Democrats, at least in our chamber, haven’t shown that example at all. They’ve been throwing fits on a regular basis looking like a group of toddlers throwing a temper tantrum.”

Hintz apologized to Litjens for the remark on Monday, but she said it would have been better if he had “called me on Friday or even maybe Saturday. He called me Monday after this had already made it into the news.”

Litjens said she’s disappointed with how the situation has played out, and that it happened at all. “Our body should be a respected body,” she said. “You should walk into those chambers and feel like you’re safe and you shouldn’t feel like you are threatened at all.”

LISTEN: Laura Ingraham interviews Wisconsin State Rep. Litjens on Democrat’s foul mouth

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While on Ingraham’s show, Litjens took a jab at President Barack Obama’s statement that public sector employees should not “vilified,” too, saying he shouldn’t be commenting on what’s going on in Wisconsin.

“You know what’s fascinating about that comment is that our federal employees are not allowed to bargain on wages, benefits or their pensions, and yet he has the audacity to reference what we’re doing here in Wisconsin, where we are just trying to do the same thing that has happened to our federal employees here in Wisconsin and it’s unbelievable,” Litjens said. “We have a budget crisis going on in our state and we need every tool at our disposal to give to our local government so they can balance our budgets. He has no idea what is going on in our state right now.”