Rep Scalise: I Was Shot Due To Demonization Of Republicans By Democrats, Both Sides Need To Tone Down Rhetoric
A Republican out of Louisiana is warning people about placing the blame on politicians for actions taken by the American public.
Congressman Steve Scalice who was shot on a baseball field in 2017 by a politically motivated gunman, said his experience has given him a clarity on the current situation.
“In 2017, I was shot on a baseball field by a politically motivated gunman. The deranged shooter was heavily influenced by the demonization of congressional Republicans by some Democratic politicians, whose statements were amplified by the mainstream media. In the aftermath of my shooting, I made a conscious decision not to hold anybody but the gunman responsible for that day’s events.”
Scalise went on to say that what happened at the capitol was a “powder keg that had been smoldering for some time,” adding that “politicians and media figures -of both parties have to tone down the rhetoric.”
“It would, however, be naive to think the shooter arrived at his decision in a vacuum. It would be equally naive to think that the Capitol rioters arrived at their decisions in a void. Violent rhetoric helps radicalize people. Republicans and Democrats alike must have the moral clarity to call this language out whenever it is spoken, not only when it comes from the other side of the political aisle.”