As someone who knows firsthand what can happen when political rhetoric gets out of hand, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has a message for liberal Democrats who keep riling up their base with calls for incivility or even violence toward Republicans: Stop it!
“Beginning with my own near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans, there is a growing list of violent or threatening actions taken against conservatives by Democrats,” he wrote in an op-ed for Fox News this week.
A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views. If this is going to stop, it must start with Democratic leaders, who need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action. https://t.co/r8GZgf9vnM
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 11, 2018
While there hasn’t been a similar attack since this shooting, there have been countless instances of other mentally unstable liberals issuing death threats against conservatives.
Scalise provided a lengthy list of examples ranging from threats against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family to threats against National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, Rep. Diane Black, Sen. Cory Gardner’s wife and more more. The Louisiana congressman also cited numerous examples of leftist zealots harassing and/or attacking conservatives.
The most recent harassment occurred late last month, when Democrats upset by Sen. Ted Cruz’s support for Kavanaugh harassed him and his wife at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
“And this list goes on,” Scalise’s op-ed continued. “The threats and the violence have not let up and instead of seeing my Democrat colleagues calling for an end, there have been calls for their supporters to keep going, to do even more to threaten Republicans.”
This week failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Democrats “cannot be civil with” Republicans, and former Attorney General Eric Holder urged his supporters to “kick” Republicans. As someone who almost lost his life because of this sort of rhetoric, Scalise has had enough.
Listen to Holder below:
“I refuse to stand for this and I will continue to call for an end to it. A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views,” Scalise wrote.
“If this is going to stop, it must start with Democratic leaders, who need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action.”
He added that if Democrats want to change America’s trajectory policy-wise, they must win elections, not resort to calling “for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.”
“As I see, working in Congress every day, it’s possible to agree without being disagreeable and address political differences in a civil manner,” he wrote. “That’s an example leaders need to continue to set. Instead, when Democratic leaders like Eric Holder call for violence, that is a direct threat to our democracy.”
He concluded by sharing his hope that liberal Democrats like Holder would rethink their rhetoric and ponder the effect their dangerous words are having on America.
“As the oldest democracy, our country has long been heralded as the freest country in the world. It doesn’t feel so free if anyone lives in fear for holding or expressing a differing opinion. Let’s end this violence and return to civility before someone else gets hurt.”
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