Scalise Denounces Planned Bombings, Pointing to His Own ‘First-Hand’ Experience With Political Violence

Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) had some strong words for those striking political violence around the country after several reports of attempted bombings surfaced.

According to law enforcement, several attempted bombings have been thwarted by law enforcement. Currently, suspicious packages containing explosives were sent to the homes of progressive donor George Soros, the Clintons, the Obamas, and to the Time Warner Building that houses CNN in New York City.

CNN learned about the suspicious package while they were broadcasting live.

Although it is not clear who is responsible for the thwarted attacks or if the attacks are connected, many people have connected this to the larger conversation about political violence and harassment in the United States.

Within the last several days, both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were harassed in public, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had a boulder tossed through a window in his California office.

Majority Whip Scalise understands political violence better than most. The congressman survived the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017, causing him to spend weeks in the hospital.

The gunman who attacked Scalise asked Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) if the team was the Republicans before the shooting, leaving many to believe it was politically motivated.

Scalise didn’t mince words in his condemnation of the political harassment and violence, stating that he is committed to “using [his] voice to speak out against it.”

This is not the first time the congressman has spoken out about political harassment and violence. In early October, Scalice made a call to Democrats to drop the escalated rhetoric, stating:

“As the oldest democracy, our country has long been heralded as the freest country in the world. 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.”

While there are still many unanswered questions about the attempted bombings, this series of attempted attacks will likely place some weight on the conversation of civility in American political discourse.

Responses

  1. These events are obviously connected and thank God
    nothing exploded.
    When found, bury the bastard(s) under the jail so they can stew until death overtakes them.
    There is NO excuse for something like this no matter what one’s beliefs are.

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