A Rush Limbaugh fan faxed death threats to state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on Wednesday morning, according to his spokesman.
The threats came more than a week after Yee asked Limbaugh for an apology for “mocking the Chinese language” and the country’s president on his popular conservative radio program, Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin said.
The senator often receives “heated and excited phone calls” from citizens who are against his liberal policies, but Wednesday’s faxes were “direct and threatening,” Keigwin said.
The expletive-laden faxes sent to Yee’s offices in San Francisco and Sacramento called for “death to all Marxists” and used racist terms to describe President Barack Obama and Yee.
“Rush Limbaugh will kick your chink ass and expose you for the fool you are,” the faxes said.
The documents have been turned over to the state Senate sergeant at arms for investigation, Keigwin said.
The threats contained “similar graphics and language” as faxes Yee received in April, after he sought to expose how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak at Cal State Stanislaus, Keigwin said.
The April threats recently drew interest from Arizona authorities who are investigating the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and wounded 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona told Yee authorities were probing a possible connection between threats against him and the shooting.
Last week, Yee called on Limbaugh to apologize to the Chinese community for mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech on his Jan. 18 program.
Limbaugh complained on his show about a Fox News broadcast that omitted translation of Hu’s words and spent 18 seconds speaking gibberish Chinese, mocking the language.
“Normally they translate every couple of words, but Hu Jintao was just going ‘chin chong, chin chong cha,’” Limbaugh said before continuing to mimic the language.
Yee chairs the Senate Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and said Limbaugh owes the Chinese community an apology for his “pointless and ugly offense.”
Limbaugh did not apologize, instead railing on Yee’s policies on his show the following day, Keigwin said.
“It is quite disturbing that such racist sentiment still exists in our country,” Yee said in a statement Wednesday.
That header picture is chilling. Not just the implied lynching, but what looks like a reference to James Byrd, Jr.'s murder.