Stephanie Kifowit is a Democratic state representative from Illinois. She is also, as it turns out, a complete and utter piece of human excrement.
More from the Chicago Sun-Times:
The remark came just before the Illinois House voted 71-36 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a bill to increase the cap the state pays in civil litigation cases from $100,000 to $2 million. The legislation passed in May and was meant to help the families of those affected by a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Downstate Quincy. Thirteen residents have died and dozens others were sickened from the outbreak. Twelve families have filed suit.
Kifowit’s comments were directed at state Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, the outgoing House Republican floor leader who lost his election earlier this month. Kifowit is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
Kifowit lashed out after Breen lamented, “we don’t even know how much this bill is going to cost,” while asking lawmakers to further negotiate the measure.
“All we know is it’s going to cost us a lot. And yes, we know the personal injury lawyers are going to make out like bandits, which they tend to do anytime they come to the General Assembly,” Breen said, adding the state should instead be spending more money on road infrastructure and education.
So, how exactly did Kifowit lash out at Breen? Watch for yourself (starts around the 11:43 mark):
After footage of her insane rant started making the rounds, Rep. Kifowit took to Twitter to attempt some damage control. Apparently this was the best she could muster:
My words were twisted and misrepresented but keep in mind – he was angry at the thought. For the families of the Veterans who died and the individuals that were sickened – this is reality.
— Stephanie Kifowit (@RepKifowit) November 27, 2018
No, Congresswoman. Reality is that you wished death on the loved ones of a Republican colleague.
“I would like to make him a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved one so they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die."
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) November 28, 2018
"I would like to make him a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved one so they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die." Twisted? Misrepresented? Lol.
— Nope. (@worlsgonebyebye) November 28, 2018
Kifowit’s spin is getting ratio’d pretty hard — and it couldn’t be happening to a nicer gal.
Your words were indeed twisted, all right – as apparently you are. You never said “imagine” – Is assume your next statement will be “well, I meant to say imagine.”
— Jeff Given (@ElJefe322) November 28, 2018
No twisting of what you said. You're an evil, sick individual. And an asshole. You should go ahead and resign. What you said is going to be on every commercial in your district come re-election, or should be. What is it with Democrats always wishing death on their opponents?
— Oze McCallum (@ozemc) November 28, 2018
Your words weren't twisted or misrepresented. You said exactly what you meant. A good example of Illinois politics – slimy and nasty. Just when you think Dems can't go any lower, they always manage to find an even lower rung. No wonder Illinoisans are leaving in droves.
— Ella Hill Smythe (@EllaHillSmythe) November 28, 2018
Your words were neither twisted nor misrepresented! Go to the tape! It's disgraceful that someone who is supposed to represent ALL the constituents can spew such despicable language. Do the honorable thing and publicly apologize. Otherwise resign if an apology is beneath you!
— Robert Castro (@RobertCastroNYC) November 28, 2018
If this were Peter Breen saying this to you he would have already been forced to resign. Accept what you stated, you made a horrific statement, and resign. Don't hide behind what you meant to say vs what you actually did.
— Jason Nelson (@jaynrose1009) November 28, 2018
Some words cannot be taken back. Wishing death upon a man's wife and family are as low as one can go. Time to accept the words you spoke and resign. This is not the representation your constituents deserve.
— RRJE1 (@RRJE1) November 28, 2018