It’s fantastic news that Rep. Steve Scalise finally is out of the ICU and has been upgraded to fair condition, but it looks like the one “teachable moment” that could have come from the attack that gravely injured him has passed.
The evening after he was shot, both Democrats and Republicans (attn: CNN) took to the ball field, gathered around second base where Scalise should have been, and prayed. But then Senate Republicans had to unveil their health care reform bill, giving progressives no choice but to ratchet up the violent rhetoric once again, with even sweet Grandma Clinton calling the GOP the “death party.”
It’s no secret that the man who shot Scalise was a Bernie Sanders supporter who had volunteered on his campaign; in that light, it would be nice if Sanders could tone things down a bit and not tweet about the GOP bill killing 27,000 people.
Let us be clear and this is not trying to be overly dramatic: Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 23, 2017
Did everyone catch that … he’s not trying to be overly dramatic, but apparently he can’t help it.
With rhetoric like this, no wonder society seems on edge. https://t.co/sUNleNelI6
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 24, 2017
The problem with this rhetoric?
If you honestly believe this… Then shooting a Republican becomes A RATIONAL DECISION. https://t.co/52X5lH6WeF
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) June 24, 2017
Yes. If you actually believe someone is trying to commit mass murder, easy to justify violence against them. https://t.co/22nxojDwAU
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) June 24, 2017
We’ve already heard Rolling Stone’s Jesse Berney allege that the GOP bill would “kill far more Americans than ISIS and al Qaeda could ever dream about,” so that angle’s already stale. Still, it didn’t stop “Gasland” director Josh Fox from giving his own take on the GOP as terrorists in a reply to Bernie Sanders.
I hope Mitch McConnell listened to what the demonstrators had to say outside his office today. pic.twitter.com/J1DeAiCTXy
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 22, 2017
— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) June 23, 2017
And there you have it. Hey Bernie, is your friend Josh Fox correct? Is Mitch McConnell a terrorist? How many of your followers are like this, do you think?
— Stephen Herreid (@StephenHerreid) June 23, 2017
Yeah, Katie Pavlich … disgusting.
Oh, you again.
— Crftbrlvr (@Klaus_Flauten) June 24, 2017
Over react much?
— Kris Williams (@KrisWilliams) June 24, 2017
— D.W.Robinson (@_DWRobinson) June 24, 2017
“Blah blah blah terrorists blah hates poor people blah everyone will die yada yada “
– The Democrats
— Jimni27 (@jimni27) June 24, 2017
Leftist thugs won’t use the word “terrorist” when it truly does apply, but will apply to an agenda they don’t agree with. #HeresYourBinky
— Kelley Ann (@KelPort) June 23, 2017
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That escalated quickly: Senate health care bill not just mean or evil, but legalized genocide https://t.co/aF183Aeh2f
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 22, 2017