Tucker Carlson shredded a Democratic strategist who claimed he did not condone violence but tweeted a message to “Hunt Republican Congressmen.”
The Fox News host struggled to understand what point his guest, New Jersey Dem, James Devine, was trying to make as he defended the insensitive hashtag he tweeted after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise last week.
“Under what circumstances is it morally acceptable to use violence for political ends?” Carlson confronted Devine on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday.
Devine, who once ran for mayor of Rahway, N.J., came under fire for his ill-timed tweet which he claimed was only a “metaphor.”
We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people. Why is it a shock when things turn violent? #HuntRepublicanCongressmen
— James Devine (@James_J_Devine) June 14, 2017
The Democrat told Carlson it’s “never acceptable… except in the most extreme cases” and pointed to George Washington and “those guys” as an example.
He then held up various signs like a flyer that read “Liberal Hunting Permit” in order to make a point that his tweet was justified, while Carlson repeatedly told him to put the papers down.
“So your excuse apparently is that ‘other people have done it.’” Carlson said. “That’s not an excuse. I’m hear to ask you about something you wrote and why don’t you explain it?”
When Devine brought up former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and argued that she put Congressional Democrats “in the crosshairs” as he held up another paper, Carlson rebuked the Democrat.
— James Devine (@James_J_Devine) June 15, 2017
“Sarah Palin didn’t do that, a group affiliated with her did,”he said, “and there’s a difference between a metaphor and actually suggesting affirmatively to go hunt Republicans after Republicans have been shot!”
Devine argued that the left has to stand up to years of violent rhetoric from Republicans, saying “you have to fight fire with fire.”
“For too long, Republicans in this country have failed to distinguish the differences between politics and war… so you either have to tone down the rhetoric or [Democrats] need to speak up,” he said.
“A guy just went and tried to assassinate Republican members of Congress,” Carlson pointed out, clearly trying to grasp Devine’s twisted logic. He asked if Devine thought he should be able to pass a background check to own a gun after his tweet.
Devine continued to defend himself, insisting that he did “not condone violence” and accusing Carlson of not accurately interpreting his tweet.
“What’s your point? So it’s time to take up arms?” the Fox News host asked, exasperated with Devine’s argument.
“No, it is not about taking up arms. It is about coming together and fighting back,” Devine responded.
“Fighting back how?” Carlson asked, as the Democrat replied, “Politically. Peacefully.”
“Then what is this about hunting and–you know what?” Carlson fired back.
“You’re an unbalanced person and I have to say it’s distressing that more Democrats haven’t disavowed you,” he concluded. “I hope they will.”
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