Media: Too bad that right-wing, racist, gun-supporting bigot got shot
Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was playing second base during a GOP practice game when a left-wing activist opened fire, severely wounding Scalise and hitting three others before Capitol Hill police officers killed him.
“Steve Scalise has a history that we’ve all been forced to sort of ignore,” MSNBC host Joy Reid claimed as Scalise was listed in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
The left-wing television host went on to allege Scalise of a “sordid past” that includes co-sponsoring a marriage bill, supporting a health care bill introduced by his own party, and fighting “gun control” in Congress.
Scalise has also been accused of attending a white nationalist meeting but denied he knew the nature of the event held at a hotel.
That accustation was “debunked” in 2014, The Washington Examiner reported after the June 14 shooting, but it hasn’t stopped left-wing activists including Reid from bringing it up.
“Because he is in jeopardy and everyone is pulling for him,” Reid said of Scalise, “are we required in a moral sense to put that aside at the moment?”
Reid also tweeted that Scalise was “shot by a white man” and saved by a “black, lesbian police officer,” referring to Crystal Griner, one of the two hero Capitol Hill police officers who shot and killed the gunman. The second officer, David Bailey, is also black.
“Why bring race into it?” media analyst Howard Kurtz said of Reid’s comments in a Fox News interview. “Why bring sexual preference into it? It’s just ugliness.”
Reid’s controversial remarks drew the ire of the Media Research Center, which listed the names of advertisers on Reid’s show, “AM Joy,” and is urging the public to contact them and complain.
Yet the left-wing MSNBC host may have been outdone by CBS News veteran Scott Pelley.
“It’s time to ask,” lectured Pelley in a televised editorial, “whether the attack on the United States Congress yesterday was foreseeable, predictable, and to some degree, self-inflicted.”
The suggestion is that Scalise and other conservatives make themselves targets due to their views, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council commented on his “Washington Watch” radio show.
“As if somehow these views justify this behavior,” said Perkins, whose own Washington, D.C.-based organization was targeted by a gunman in 2012.
Reid, however, wasn’t done after her controversial remarks.
After a congressional race in Georgia broke for Republican candidate Karen Handel six days after the Scalise shooting, the MSNBC host suggested on Twitter that Republicans favor “conquest” of their opposition while Democrats attempt to woo voters with policy.
“Democrats tend to approach politics from the standpoint that if everyone only knew how good or bad a given policy is, they’d change,” Reid claimed.
Scalise’s condition, meanwhile, was raised to “fair” Wednesday despite a fragmented bullet that damaged his bones, blood vessels, and internal organs.