Last Wednesday, the Republican side of Congress were practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game when a gunman opened fire and started shooting at them, in Alexandria, VA. Six people were hurt. One of those who was injured included Majority Whip, Steve Scalise R-LA, who has been and still it in critical condition even after several surgeries to save his life.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe did an interview with Republican Mark Sanford (R-SC) and asked him for his thoughts on the shooting.
As you can see in the video you see below, the Congressman stated that President Trump was ‘partially’ to blame for the shooting that happened. Here’s where it starts, and it only gets worse:
“I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again, not in any way totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed.”
“The fact is, you got the top guy saying, ‘Well, I wish I could hit you in the face, and if not, why don’t you and I’ll pay your legal fees,’ that’s bizarre. We ought to call it as such.” Here he paraphrased some of the words Trump used at a rally during the campaign.
To put it mildly, this is a ridiculous argument. The Alexandria shooter was a rabid liberal whose social media posts are terrifying in retrospect. As The Daily Caller reports, he was a member of a left-wing Facebook group called “Terminate The Republican Party.”
We’re talking about a far-left radical who, according to the Washington Post, also expressed his beliefs in these words: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
There is absolutely no comparison between the things Republicans have said and what the Virginia gunman actually did.
Sanford also said that he has witnessed some voters at different town halls, including those at senior centers, throwing insults at each other and he would often ask them what was going on.
According to Sanford, they would tell him: “If the guy at the top can say anything to anybody at any time, why can’t I?” One is left to wonder if there’s anything Sanford would not blame on President Trump.
The Republican Congressman from South Carolina also said that “Congress is at an inflection point.” He also stated that Congress needs to be aware of the ‘forces at play’ and these forces could leave society ‘in a bad spot.’
According to the Congressman, if it weren’t for the two Capitol Hill police, there would have been a bloodbath. He also said they are all doing a lot of ‘soul searching’ right now.
If anyone needs some soul searching, it’s Sanford. He’s the same guy who abandoned his state and disappeared with his mistress to Argentina. He even kept his own staff in the dark about exactly what was happening.
Sanford isn’t exactly the moral paragon to which we should all aspire. Far be it from me to criticize the voters, but one must wonder exactly what South Carolinians were thinking when they elected him to Congress.