Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway condemned hateful rhetoric on Fox and Friends Friday morning in relation to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday.
“Look at Twitter,” Conway said. “If I were shot and killed tomorrow half of Twitter would explode in applause and excitement.”
“This is the world we live in now,” she added.
“I went back and looked at exactly what was being discussed on all the TV shows except yours at 7:09 a.m. on Wednesday when this happened,” she said.
“And it’s a really curious exercise because as Steve Scalise was fighting for his life and crawling into right field, in a trail of blood, you should go back and see what people were saying about the president and the Republicans at that very moment.”
“You have people reverting to their hateful rhetoric already again,” she added, “Just yesterday I think the unity lasted a hot minute for some leaders. We will continue to disagree on policy and on issues but I really would ask people to think about the hateful rhetoric.”
Conway specifically called out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who called comments blaming rhetoric on the left for the shooting “outrageous” and cited a man who was jailed for making threats against her who “watches too much Fox TV.”
“Two days ago she said she, quote, prays for — she hopes for the success of Donald Trump’s presidency, and yesterday she was pointing fingers again,” Conway said.
“This man, the shooter the other day, didn’t hate baseball, he hated Republicans and his social media feed was a complete anti-Trump, anti-Republican screed,” Conway emphasized.
The shooter, James Hodgkinson, posted on his Facebook page in March that the president was a “Traitor” who has “Destroyed Our Democracy” and that “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
“I mean for those particularly in the media who are so obsessed with the President’s social media postings why isn’t everyone looking inside a little bit at what they’re posting and what they’re saying,” she asked.
“It’s terrible,” she said. “Because, again, it’s one thing to say I disagree with you on healthcare repeal, or on taxes, or on your plan for national security, but you can’t attack people personally in a way, and think that tragedies like this won’t happen.”