Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Blames Tea Party for Giffords Shooting

Posted: Jan 12, 2012 8:07 AM

Despite zero evidence of a connection between the tea party and Tucson massacre shooter Jared Loughner, who is so insane a judge has ruled him unfit to stand trial, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz continues her media blitz full of lies by blaming the tea party for the Giffords shooting a year ago.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaking in New Hampshire this morning, reminded her audience of the tragic Tucson shooting last year -- and also insinuated that the Tea Party, which she said regards political opponents as "the enemy," has enhanced divisiveness in Congress and had something to do with the shooting, at least indirectly.

"We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, -- [was shot]," Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair said during a "Politics and Eggs" forum this morning. "The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I'll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement."

Having brought up the Giffords attack as a political cudgel, Wasserman Schultz doubled down on that attack. "You had town hall meetings that [the Tea Party] tried to take over, and you saw some their conduct at those town hall meetings," Wasserman Schultz said today. "When they come and disagree with you, you're not just wrong, you're the enemy."

Warming to that theme, she added that "when they disagree with you on an issue, you're not just wrong, you're a liar."


Her comments, as usual, are nothing short of pathetic and completely false. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called for DWS to apologize for her comments.

Well, as usual, I think she’s – she speaks a little too much and went on a little too far, and certainly any insinuation that somehow such a tragedy would occur because of, you know, a movement to get our government and our spending and our debt under control is ridiculous, and I think she ought to apologize and admit the stupidity of that comment.  And to take such a tragedy and such a remarkable story and to try to score political points on it – it’s just – it’s pathetic.