Phil Montag, the former volunteer co-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s technology committee, is sorry about audio-recording technology.

Phil Montag of Nebraska Democratic Party. Image via
In a tape of a private meeting with the party’s Black Caucus chairwoman, Montag is heard saying of wounded GOP Rep. Steve Scalise: “I’m glad he got shot. I wish he was f–ing dead.”

Blowing up on social media, the profanity-filled tape led the state party to drop Montag.

He later told the Omaha World-Herald that the recording had been edited to take his words out of context, said the Washington Times.

“Like every decent American, I am saddened and horrified by the shooting of Congressman Scalise,” he said. “I do not and did not wish for his death. I am hopeful that the entirety of the original, unedited recording will emerge so we can get to the truth of the matter.”

Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb said she fired Montag as soon as she heard the recording on Thursday, media report.

“Wishing a member of Congress or any individual dead is disgusting and has no place in our party,” Kleeb told the World-Herald.

Conservatives used the incident to make a wider point:

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