Democrats need to denounce the violence committed by liberals, House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), himself a victim of a politically-motivated shooting, said Wednesday.
“They really need to be called on to call out this kind of violence,” Rep. Scalise said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle, adding that he would denounce violence against either party:
“If this was going on, on the Right, you know what would happen, Laura. Every mainstream media outlet would be reporting this, calling on each one of us. They’d have microphones in our faces, ‘Will you denounce it?’ And, you know what? I’d denounce it. I’d denounce anything that happens on either side, but you don’t see that enough from the Left.”
Congressman Scalise’s remarks came as a response to Sunday’s switchblade attack on California Republican Congressional candidate Rudy Peters by an anti-Trump fanatic. Peters appeared alongside Scalise on the show Wednesday to describe the assault.
Rep. Scalise called for an end to political violence in America and encouraged Americans to use their voices and their votes to resolve political differences:
“There’s no place for this in American politics. The foundation of this country is about free and open debate. We encourage it, we ultimately placed into the Bill of Rights - the First Amendment - to allow people a freedom of speech, to even criticize their government, but not to resort to violence.
“We actually resolve our political differences at the ballot box in America. It’s what we’ve always been about. And this violence... the call to arms, in essence, among liberals has to stop.”
Rep. Scalise was the victim of a life-threatening shooting in June of 2017 during a politically-motivated attack at a Congressional baseball game practice field.