This is a man who voted against healthcare funding for 9/11 first responders, takes donations from the NRA, and is part of the GOP plan to gut Obamacare. The man who shot him had no business owning a gun of any kind, much less the assault rifle he was armed with that day. Yet Scalise has opposed any sort of gun regulations, because he cares more about the wishes of the NRA and the fanatics he represents, instead of the thousands of Americans who are killed every year by gun violence.
Steve Scalise also has a comfortable relationship with white supremacists and has described himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” He even represents the district which elected Duke to the Louisiana legislature, and addressed a Neo-Nazi convention in 2002.
The right-wing rhetoric for years was a fever dream of conspiracies that President Obama was a secret Muslim intent on installing sharia law and taking away people’s guns. Republican lawmakers, including Scalise, egged this on and very few tried to call for calm and reason.
I’m obviously not condoning the actions of the man who shot Scalise, not by any stretch of the imagination, but the GOP is far and away responsible for creating the toxic political climate that led to this incident. Now the chickens of the partisan maelstrom the GOP and their media cronies have come home to roost, and only now do they want to cry foul when one of them takes a rifle round to the hip.
via Modern Liberals Sorry, I Don’t Feel An Ounce Of Sympathy For Steve Scalise