5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has released a statement clarifying remarks reported earlier this month in Connecticut newspapers. Hayes was asked about threats against her office as part of larger interviews about the first 200 days in office with the Connecticut Mirror and Republican-American. She says the 'clickbait' is an attempt to drive a narrative that she's using race as a dividing card and to generate controversy. While her office, like others nationwide, have received the occasional harassing email or phone call, she has not been directly threatened. Hayes released recordings of the interviews backing up that she never used the work racist, and was talking about security in general. Hayes said she has been the target of vile and racist phone calls, emails and social media posts, but did not give specifics.