Hatch's office responds 'Never' to tweet telling him to die

Hatch's office responds 'Never' to tweet telling him to die
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The office for Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah) replied with a single word to a tweet telling the senator to die on Wednesday.

Hatch, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, is the longest-serving sitting GOP senator. He has become known in recent years for the personality of his Twitter account, making fun of his own minor mistakes and joking that reports of his death might need to be updated.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hatch, 84, has become embroiled in the chaos over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

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Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women, beginning with Christine Blasey Ford, who is scheduled to testify alongside him at a Judiciary panel hearing on Thursday.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh, as well as their families, have reported receiving death threats since Ford's allegations went public, and senators on the Judiciary Committee say they've been subjected to vulgar and abusive language as well.

"My office has received some pretty ugly voicemails, threats, terrible things said to my staff," Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote MORE (R-Maine) said earlier this month, adding, "This has been a very ugly process and I think that’s very unfortunate for everyone involved."

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that his office got a call saying he and his family "would be 'taken out'" for his statements on Kavanaugh.