Less than one week after the horrific shooting event that left U.S. Representative Steve Scalise in critical condition, a popular MSNBC host opened her own round of verbal fire on him.
Alarmingly, MSNBC’s Joy Reid took to Twitter to lash out at the injured representative. “Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet… #AMJoy,” she tweeted.
To recap the situation in more detail: On June 14, Rep. Scalise and four other victims were shot on a Virginia baseball field by a gunman later identified as 66-year old James Hodgkinson from Illinois. While the other victims’ wounds were apparently not life-threatening, Scalise is still recovering from the critical wound that he received in his hip and has required several surgeries to repair organ damage.
The gunman was then shot and killed by U.S. Capitol Police who were on security detail during the baseball practice. And this is where things got extra personal.
You see, Reid didn’t stop at her tweet. She also shared her opinions via television, stating, “There’s a whole country out there and a lot of people, at least in my Twitter timeline, and it’s a delicate thing, because everybody is wishing the congressman well and hoping that he recovers, but Steve Scalise has a history that we’ve all been forced to sort of ignore on race.”
She criticized Scalise’s political views on gay marriage and healthcare, saying that the nation should not overlook just because he’s injured. Driving her points home, she stated, “He also co-sponsored a bill to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He co-sponsored the House health care bill which, as you said, would gut health care for millions of people including 3 million children and he co-sponsored a bill to repeal the ban on semiautomatic weapons. Because he is in jeopardy and everybody is pulling for him, are we required in a moral sense to put that aside in the moment?”
Reid even drudged up the distant past to use as a wedge: “He did come to leadership after some controversy over attending a white nationalist event, which he says he didn’t know what it was.”
She rightly received some push back from the media ranks as a result. Howard Kurtz of Fox News called her comments “appalling.” He went on to say, “While Steve Scalise remains in a hospital bed fighting for his life, she’s attacking him because she doesn’t like his politics. For Joy Reid to tweet that Scalise was attacked by a white man… why bring race into it?”
Joe Concha of The Hill also chimed in, saying, “Here’s how the Joy Reid thing unfolds: She goes viral for profoundly reckless/myopic Scalise tweet. Blowback ensues. Forced apology follows.”
Even MSNBC’s own Joe Scarbrough, a.k.a Morning Joe, lashed back at Reid, tweeting out, “Who would even think for one second that it is appropriate to attack a man who is fighting for his life after an assassination attempt?”
Recently, Scalise’s medical condition was downgraded from critical to serious — which is good news. But Reid will now always be held in suspicion for her cruel and nonsensical attack against him.