One House Republican has the blame game backwards.
According to Republican Chris Collins from New York, it’s “outrageous” rhetoric on the left to blame for the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and others Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA. Appearing on WBEN Radio, Collins said:
I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric. The rhetoric has been outrageous…the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Collins went even further, adding that Democrats should wake up.
Maybe this is a wake-up call. I’m not saying it will be, but let’s hope we could disagree on a more polite, conversational basis and not do things like what they did at my office a couple weeks ago.
Protesters held a “die-in” at Collins’s office last week, protesting Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Collins said the move went “too far.”
Yeah, that peaceful sit-in was scary. Far more dangerous than Trump rallies, where attendees chanted “lock her up” and called for the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
The irony of all this is palpable. Republicans have been ignoring wake-up calls after mass shootings for years. Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, the historically black church Dylann Roof massacred parishioners in… The list goes on.
Where was their outrage?
Where were they when dangerous violent rhetoric rang out against former President Barack Obama for eight years?
We heard nothing but silence when gunshots were fired at President Obama’s White House.
Nothing, when individuals and groups on the right hung President Obama in effigy at their parades.
Nothing from them while Secret Service was busy with a nexus of threats on Obama for eight friggin’ years.
According to the Secret Service, Obama received more threats than any other president; more than 30 threats a day. And even when these threats were publicized — including the plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history — not one Republican spoke out blaming the outrageous rhetoric on the right.
So while Republicans blame Democrats for Wednesday’s shooting, I guess we’re all supposed to forget the angry, dangerous rhetoric on the right. In Trumpworld, respect is considered nothing more than politically correct BS. They would have you believe human decency comes only from white male Christian conservatives. They paint Syrian children as dangerous refugees.
Sorry, Rep. Collins, but it’s not talk on the left you need to worry about. When Republicans like your so-called president’s son Eric claims that “Democrats are not even people,” it’s your party that’s the problem. That’s the outrageous rhetoric that has gone too far.
Content warning for readers: A neighbor near the ballpark where the shooting took place today apparently recorded the activity while it was happening.
Listen to raw audio from near the scene of the shooting, courtesy of The Hill:
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