Politics can be a particularly nasty business. And no knows that quite like US Representative Steve Scalise. In June of 2017, a Democratic Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire into a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia where the Louisiana lawmaker and other Republican members of Congress were practicing for a charity game.
While he was shot, as were other four others including a police officer, a congressional aide, and lobbyist, he survived his injuries and lives to tell us all just how dangerous our words and actions can be.
So when he found out about the mock assassination of our president this past weekend at a political fundraising event outside of Chicago, you can bet he had some words on the issue. He even went on “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday to talk about it.
In particular, he had something to say to his colleagues on the left.
While noted that an apology had been made from the Democrat who was directly involved, Illinois state Senator Martin Sandoval, he said he was concerned with the lack of other voices heard on the issue. And he made a point to mention those in leadership and who are vying for headship, such as the presidential candidates, should have been some of the first to condemn the act. Instead, we heard nothing from them.
“What disappoints me is that you don’t see any kind of outrage from the left.”
And he continued, saying, “You don’t see any of the presidential candidates on the left, all the many far-left socialists that are fighting to see who’s going to be able to go up against Donald Trump and spewing all this hatred against Donald Trump, you don’t see any of them denouncing it.”
And you didn’t. We saw plenty of comments on the issue from both sides on social media, some even from Democrat supporters. But not a word was mentioned by those who are supposed to be showing us that they can lead our nation.
And Scalise says “that’s really where it should start. The leadership at the top of the Democratic Party that has been noticeably silent.”
He went on to say, “and I think that’s really the big takeaway from this is that they’re encouraging it, they’re OK with it, and it’s dangerous.”
We couldn’t agree more with his next statement. “It needs to stop.”
And sadly, this isn’t the only recent event in which one side has used violence against the other with no condemnation from the left.
In 2018, two Republicans who were running for local Minnesota offices were attacked in public. Shane Mekeland, running for the House, was punched in the face while speaking in a local restaurant. Rep. Sarah Anderson was also hit by someone who was attempted to destroy her yard signs. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife were assaulted at a restaurant where they were eating.
Nor is it the first time Scalise has spoken up about this very issue.
And yet the only responses were from those who were attacked and other Republican leaders. The left has remained silent. Well, most of them. Some have spoken out, but it has been to incite even more hate.
Such as Michelle Obama when she said, “When they go low, we kick them.” Or her husband Barack, when he said, “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Or Hillary Clinton when she stated, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
In what right mind, does this sound ok at all? It isn’t.
Here you have a whole band of leftist politicians who have accused President Trump of inciting violence and hate for words spoken out of context, and all the while Democratic leaders are spouting of much more than mere words.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they are calling for such violence. Oh, I don’t know any better. Because every time violence is carried out against Republicans, nothing is said, which means it is deemed as acceptable.
What else is our nation supposed to believe about Democrats if they do nothing to contradict it?
Scalise is demanding that both sides start calling this out. It shouldn’t have to always be the right. “Wherever it’s coming from. If it’s white supremacists, if it’s far-leftists, it’s wrong either way.”