Conservative radio host Jesse Kelly stepped forward to boast that he is who Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said had threatened to “destroy” him over his push for the now-nixed bipartisan bill on immigration.
In a Senate floor speech on Wednesday, Lankford said an unnamed “popular commentator” had “told me flat out, ‘If you try to move a bill that solves the border crisis during this presidential year, I will do whatever I can to destroy you because I do not want you to solve this before the presidential election.’”
The lawmaker added, “By the way, they have been faithful to their promise and have done everything they can to destroy me in the past several weeks.” The bill came under relentless fire from former President Donald Trump and his allies, who see immigration as key to his reelection in November.
Kelly later Wednesday claimed credit for threatening Lankford on X, formerly Twitter.
“He may be a eunuch, but I’ll say this about James Lankford: He has great taste in radio,” wrote Kelly. He added, “Yes, in case you’re wondering, he’s talking about me.”