Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise said Monday that California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ “dangerous rhetoric” is the same kind of language that led to a dangerous shooting at a 2017 GOP congressional baseball practice.
Scalise and at least five other victims were treated for gunshot wounds following what appeared to be a targeted attack on Republican lawmakers and their aides.
What happened in that shooting?
Scalise was nearly killed in a hail of gunfire when accused gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire on the practice. Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police during the attack.
Hodgkinson previously expressed extreme opposition toward the Republican Party and former President Donald Trump before opening fire on the GOP baseball practice.
From a 2017 NPR report:
The alleged shooter expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich, in statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper. He apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to the Vermont senator, who condemned the attack.And what did Waters say?
During a weekend appearance in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Waters addressed the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the May death of George Floyd.
Waters insisted that people should “stay on the street” if the jury doesn’t deliver a verdict to convict Chauvin on the related murder charges.
“[W]e’ve got to get more active,” she told activists and demonstrators at the time. “[We’ve] got to get more confrontational. [We’ve] got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
What’s Scalise saying now?
Scalise argued that Waters’ remarks were dangerously inflammatory.
On Twitter, the Louisiana Republican wrote, “Let’s be clear: Maxine Waters knew her rhetoric would incite violence in Minneapolis — but she doesn’t care, she just requests police escorts for herself. I was shot because of this kind of dangerous rhetoric. Where is the outrage from Dems & the media? They need to condemn this.”