On Monday, CNN host Don Lemon made, perhaps, one of the most idiotic comments of 2018 when he said, “I don’t see Democrats killing people” over political reasons. Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot by a crazed Democrat during a Congressional softball game last year, had a few words for Lemon.
Lemon’s comment came during a panel discussion in which he claimed that President Trump’s “rhetoric” had added to the political “climate” we are currently seeing today, where mass shootings like Saturday’s synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are far too common occurrences.
Conservative commentator Mike Shields argued with Lemon’s comment, reinforcing that both Democrats and Republicans alike are guilty in taking part in acts of violence.
He gave the example of James Hodgkinson, the man who shot and almost killed Steve Scalise. While Scalise didn’t die, that was certainly the gunman’s intention.
At least 70 rounds were fired by Hodgkinson at the softball game. He wounded six Congressional Republicans in the June 2017 attack.
Western Journal writes:
The 66-year-old reportedly confirmed prior to opening fire in Alexandria, Virginia, that those on the field were Republicans. The Virginia attorney general’s office concluded he was “fueled by rage against Republican legislators.”
Lemon’s own network CNN reported that the shooter, a Bernie Sanders presidential campaign volunteer, had posted on social media that “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.”
In another post, Hodgkinson wrote, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
During Monday’s discussion, Lemon made the argument that the baseball shooting doesn’t equal the same damage that has been caused by attacks carried out by “right-wingers.”
“You’re not being honest,” Lemon said to Shields. “This is not equal, and I understand the whole argument about both sides.”
Take a look:
.@donlemon was so disingenuous during this segment and basically dismissed the shooting that nearly killed Scalise and several other Congressmen because nobody actually died when talking about violence on both sides. pic.twitter.com/7ABqpvOatf
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) October 30, 2018
Lemon argued, “Bernie Sanders is not the president. So why do you keep bringing up other people instead of talking about the person who is the president of the United States, the rhetoric that is being spouted by one network (Fox News), and the conservative media?” Lemon said. “Why not just take ownership of that and talk about how you can correct it on that side instead of this whataboutism?”
Shields answered, “For both sides to understand this, they both have to realize they contribute to it, OK?”
Lemon disagreed with Shields saying, “The right-wing group killed the woman in Charlottesville. This guy is a right-winger who killed the people in the synagogue. The right-winger sent bombs to CNN and to Democrats. I don’t see Democrats killing people because of political — yeah, there may be democratic operatives who are out there.”
“Well they tried to,” Shields answered.
“OK, fine, they tried to, and that’s not right,” he continued. “But for the most part, what do you see here, Mike? You see these extreme right-wingers,” Lemon insisted.
Panelist Max Boot supported Lemon’s claim. He stated to Shields, “It is not equal contribution. There is nobody on the Democratic side who is engaging in the kind of dehumanizing language that Donald Trump engages in. There is nobody on the Democratic side who is encouraging violence like Donald Trump does.”
Steven Scalise issued a response to Lemon’s ridiculous comments:
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 30, 2018
Fox News published an Op-Ed earlier in October in which “Scalise took California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder to task for the inciting political rhetoric they have engaged in regarding Republicans.”
Maxine Waters has encouraged her supporters to harass members of the Trump administration if they see them in public. Hillary Clinton was caught saying you “cannot be civil” with Republicans. Eric Holder recently pushed Democratic campaign volunteers to “kick” Republicans.
“Despite the continued reports of politically motivated threats or violence, Democratic Party leaders have worked to keep this anger burning and incite even more harassment and violence,” Scalise penned.
As a survivor of a politically motivated attack, it is tragic to think this is an acceptable state of political discourse in our country. I refuse to stand for it. Democratic leaders need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action. https://t.co/r8GZgf9vnM
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 12, 2018
He went on, “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 spoke of specific violent threats and acts carried out against Republicans. He mentioned Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s wife and children, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, whose children have received death threats. The list goes on.
He wrote, “As a survivor of a politically motivated attack, it is tragic to think this is an acceptable state of political discourse in our country. I refuse to stand for it. Democratic leaders need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action.”