Representative Steve Scalise speaks from experience when warning about what will happen if people do not work together.
Scalise wrote an op-ed that was posted onto the Fox News website about the recent reluctance from Democrats to speak out against the recent harassment of Republican leaders.
In the op-ed, he listed many people that have been attacked and harassed, and claimed that Democrats are attempting to encourage aggression. Scalise has also tweeted about the threats, calling for them to stop.
These vicious threats have to stop. This cannot be the new normal—there is absolutely no place for violence in our political discourse. Democratic leaders need to denounce this behavior. https://t.co/SRjDwdGval
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 7, 2018
The representative claimed that Democrats should win over supporters by sharing their ideals instead of constantly calling out Republicans.
“In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule. As I see, working in Congress every day, it’s possible to agree without being disagreeable and address political differences in a civil manner. That’s an example leaders need to continue to set.”
Eric Holder’s comments were also addressed, saying that similar rhetoric was harming the democracy.
“Instead, when Democratic leaders like Eric Holder call for violence, that is a direct threat to our democracy,” said Scalise. “I hope he and others think long and hard about the world they are creating and the impact they are leaving on this country.”
At the end of the article, Scalise warned that if nothing changes, there may be consequences.
“As the oldest democracy, our country has long been heralded as the freest country in the world,” Scalise said. “It doesn’t feel so free if anyone lives in fear for holding or expressing a differing opinion. Let’s end this violence and return to civility before someone else gets hurt.”