So, that didn’t take long.
Barely 24 hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood before Congress and called for unity in the wake of the shooting that left colleague Steve Scalise (R-La.) critically wounded — as well as a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers were injured — the gloves have come off on both sides of the aisle.
During Pelosi’s Thursday morning press conference, she ripped into Republicans after a reporter told her that GOP members of Congress said “vitriolic rhetoric from the left” was partially to blame for the shooting.
“How dare they say such a thing? How dare they?”, Pelosi implored, before promptly proceeding to blame Republicans, President Trump specifically, for “the politics of personal destruction.”
Then there was Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
During an interview on an Iowa radio station on Thursday, King placed some of the blame for the shooting on former President Barack Obama:
“I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama. He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us. And this is some of the fruits of that labor.”
As reported by Mediaite, show host Simon Conway was in complete agreement:
“Of course he also spent eight years telling us all how terrible we all are and what a garbage can America was and how unexceptional we all were.”
“I agree. I absolutely agree with what you said,” Conway told King.
Wait — no one’s blamed the media yet? Of course, they have.
During a House floor speech on Thursday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, blamed the “liberal media”:
“We must speak truth to the powerful liberal media. The media’s constant barrage of personal attacks can incite someone to take irrational actions.”
Smith then said:
“That’s not much different from the tone of many media articles. The American people deserve better than a biased media.
For the sake of our country, let’s hope they will drop their abusive language.”
Speaking of the sake of the country, perhaps we should also stop blaming current and former presidents for a horrific shooting that could been even more horrific had it not been for the bravery of two Capitol Police officers.
While we’re at it, maybe the “abusive language,” including the “vitriolic rhetoric” should also stop. Just a thought.
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