Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) ended an exchange on Twitter after users began making references to the 2017 Congressional baseball practice shooting where the lawmaker and three others were injured.
Scalise was originally commenting on a recent interview where Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested a 70 percent tax rate on the wealthy in order to pay for progressive policies.
As IJR previously reported, she called herself a radical while comparing herself to famous American leaders. The GOP lawmaker took to Twitter to call the other politician out.
Republicans: Let Americans keep more of their own hard-earned money
Democrats: Take away 70% of your income and give it to leftist fantasy programs https://t.co/NxJPSCqvrt
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 5, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded, making an assumption that Scalise did not know about marginal tax rates and claiming that the GOP “works” for large corporations.
You’re the GOP Minority Whip. How do you not know how marginal tax rates work?
Oh that’s right, almost forgot: GOP works for the corporate CEOs showering themselves in multi-million?bonuses; not the actual working people whose wages + healthcare they’re ripping off for profit. https://t.co/R1YIng2Ok1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 6, 2019
However, Scalise quickly shut the exchange down after some Twitter followers targeted him with comments referencing when he was shot by a radical liberal in 2017.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 6, 2019
While Scalise suggested continuing the debate in person, Ocasio-Cortez has not yet responded to him or commented on the violent comments.
Many of the violent comments are still posted to Twitter. One user denied that he meant his comment as a threat, however. As Fox News reported, the user claimed he was referring to a “verbal sniping,” yet did not explain why he thought it was appropriate due to Scalise’s past.
While it is not Ocasio-Cortez’s responsibility to monitor every person that follows her, it is important to call out those that make unnecessarily aggressive comments.