Authorities said Gasper, of Lake Ronkonkoma, threatened Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., who represents parts of Long Island, over his support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill.
It was not immediately clear Friday morning if Gasper was still in custody.
Police: Kenneth Gasper Made ‘Death Threats’
In a press release, Nassau police said Kenneth Gasper “did make a death threat over the telephone towards United States Congressman Andrew Garbarino for a recent congressional vote.”
Police did not detail the nature of the alleged threat — nor did they specify which of the congressman’s votes Gasper made reference to.
But in a statement Wednesday to the New York Post, Rep. Garbarino said he had been threatened over his support for President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed through the House of Representatives last week with just 13 Republican votes.
“I’ve had the police at my house, and they’re more concerned about these [threats] that have been coming in than the ones I’ve gotten in the past,” the congressman told the outlet.
“There are members of Congress that are fundraising off of their misinformation and attacking us, and it’s causing us to get death threats on the other side,” he added.
In another statement issued Thursday, Rep. Garbarino still did not make explicit reference to Gasper’s alleged threats, but doubled down on his support for the president’s $1.2 trillion spending package.
“Unfortunately, there’s been so much misinformation circulating and it’s causing a lot of anger and confusion,” he said, according to NewsDay.
“But the truth is that the Infrastructure Bill is not the Reconciliation Bill. It’s about paving roads, repairing bridges, and bringing jobs to Long Island. Anyone saying otherwise is trafficking in lies.”
A spokesperson for Rep. Garbarino’s office told News12 that the congressman has received several threats since the infrastructure vote on Friday — both over the phone and in person at offices within the Long Island district.
Rep. Andrew Garbarino, Other GOP Defectors Under Fire
Rep. Garbarino and the other dozen Republican House members who defected to support President Biden’s infrastructure bill — which would not have passed without some GOP support — have come under fire from party stalwarts in the week since.
On Monday, former President Donald Trump blasted the GOP 13 at a Republican congressional fundraising dinner, according to Fox News.
Trump’s exact comments were not reported, though the outlet noted that at least one Republican defector was in the room — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., who represents parts of Staten Island — and was “visibly shaken.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said on Twitter that the 13 GOP defectors were “pass Joe Biden’s Communist takeover of America.”
Rep. Greene also listed the office phone numbers for each of the 13 Republicans.
According to Politico reporter Olivia Beavers, after the Tweet, one of the Congressman’s staffers had calls to their office redirected to Rep. Greene’s office.
“She can answer the phones,” a source told Beavers.