The shooting this morning targeting Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, has been dominating the news cycle. Five were injured by shooter James Hodgkinson, among them Rep. Steve Scalise, the Majority Whip and the third highest-ranking member of the GOP.
Hodgkinson was quickly identified as a former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, and had written an extensive number of posts on social media attacking Republicans, supporting left-wing causes and attacking Scalise:
Bernie Sanders issued a statement denouncing the attacker:
Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. pic.twitter.com/hyfmmpgXML— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 14, 2017
While the attack was widely condemned by everyone on both sides of the political spectrum, there is of course a share of crazies online praising the attack. That’s not all too surprising, as there’s always going to be some crazies out there voicing an opinion. But more worrisome, the attack is prompting new threats against Republicans.
The Hill received a copy of the email sent to Tenney:
Subject line: “One down, 216 to go”
Email: “Did you NOT expect this? When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance.”
According to Tenney’s Communications Coordinator, Hannah Andrews, the office frequently receives threats but this one was even more alarming given the timing.
Andrews released the following statement on the situation: “This morning, our office received a disturbing message referencing the tragic shooting that wounded House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, U.S. Capitol Police officers and a Congressional staff member. Although our office receives threats like these regularly, today’s message was particularly disheartening following this morning’s tragic events. The level of discourse in politics today is truly unfortunate. Our nation was founded on the principle of free speech, and it’s vitally important that we have a robust debate on the issues. However, protections under the First Amendment do not extend to violence.”
The mainstream media is happy to blame a supposed rise in hate crimes on President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric.” By their own logic, should we hold a mainstream media that has reported negatively on Trump in over 90 percent of their coverage for incidents like t his?
Probably not, but the hypocrisy is worth highlighting.