America was stunned when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others during their practice for the Congressional baseball game.
James T. Hodgkinson was immersed in the Republican hating rhetoric promoted by liberal media outlets and Democratic politicians.
And some are raising questions about the conduct of the Obama White House.
Democrats smear every Republican as a racist, a bigot, and a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan.
Steve Scalise was no different.
The Louisiana Republican had his reputation sullied by the left when liberal media members spread fake news about him supporting David Duke.
This behavior was egged on by the Obama White House.
“Former President Obama’s political team repeatedly attacked House Republican Whip Steve Scalise as proof that the Republican party was racist, making him a target for leftist hate during their time in office.
“You’ll recall that one Republican congressman told a reporter that he was ‘David Duke without the baggage,’” former White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in September 2015, using Scalise to attack Donald Trump. “Mr. Trump isn’t the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes.”
Scalise reportedly made the comment about Duke nearly 20 years ago, which a reporter remembered and published in January 2015. In 2002, Scalise gave a speech the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) — a group tied to Duke, a former KKK leader. Scalise apologized for the decision, calling it “a mistake I regret,” after it became public in 2014.
But the White House used Scalise as a punching bag, frequently reminding reporters that Republicans blocked both immigration reform and the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, and supported allowing the Confederate flag to be placed in military cemeteries, suggesting they were racist.
“Those are the priorities of today’s Republican Party, and they’ll continue to be until someone in the Republican Party decides to summon the courage to stand up and change it,” Earnest said”
The Obama administration continued pounding Scalise with this talking point well into 2016.
Breitbart also reports:
“The White House was still using the talking point in August 2016 ahead of the presidential election.
“I think what is clear is that there has been a willingness on the part of Republicans in Congress to appeal to extremists in this country to try to build political support for their party,” Earnest said in August 2016, again citing the David Duke attack against Scalise.
“They’ve threatened to hold up government funding to make sure that the Confederate flag can be shown in government cemeteries,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said, repeating the “David Duke” comment in September 2016.
In response to questions about Trump, Earnest employed the Scalise attack in June 2016.
“I’m not surprised that there are many Republicans, in Congress at least, who have chosen to overlook these controversial comments and continue to support the presumptive Republican nominee,” Earnest said, citing the “David Duke” comment yet again.”
Did this rhetoric contribute to the deranged state which inspired Hodgkinson to attempt to assassinate Republican members of Congress?
Politico reports a long history of aggressive rhetoric toward the GOP.
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He was also a member of a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party.”
And he also liked a cartoon that depicted Scalise as a member of the KKK.
Hodgkinson was a product of the left wing fever swamps.
His hatred of Republicans boiled over into violence, but many argue it was stoked and nurtured by the dehumanizing rhetoric that the left – and the Obama White House – employed towards Republican politicians and their supporters.