Fusion Writer: It’s ‘Delicious Irony’ That ‘Bigoted Homophobe’ Scalise Was Saved By Black Lesbian Cop

By Annabel Scott | June 19, 2017 | 4:49 PM EDT

"News fellow" Anne Branigin.



(CNSNews.com) -- Fusion, an online news website owned by Univision, published an article calling House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) a “Bigoted Homophobe” following a shooting that left him in critical condition last Wednesday. 

The June 15 article, one day after the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., is titled “Bigoted Homophobe Steve Scalise's Life Was Saved by a Queer Black Woman,” and was written by Fusion news fellow Anne Branigin.

Branigin describes herself as a “self-identified hater with a heart of gold.”

In her article for Fusion, Branigin claims that Scalise “has kept company with racists” and has been “one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in Washington.”

House Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot by left-winger John T. Hodgkinson on June 14, 2017.  (CNN.com) 


"Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was shot by a gunman who attacked a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, has kept company with racists," Branigin wrote.

"He was forced to apologize for speaking at an international conference of white supremacists, and reportedly referred to himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage,’” she said.

“He’s voted against LBGTQ rights over and over again,” said Branigin.  “He also authored Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Like many of his ilk, he said he was only trying to protect ‘traditional’ marriage.”

Branigin then praises the police on scene for doing their job, particularly a member of Scalise’s personal detail, Crystal Griner. 

“It is a point of especially delicious irony that Scalise, who survived the attack (and is reportedly in critical condition), may owe his life to a queer black woman,” writes Branigin. “We’re willing to bet that Scalise is grateful too.”

The Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, reported on June 15, “Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner – a lesbian in a same-sex marriage – was among those wounded during a shooting this week in the Virginia suburbs and received a visit from President Trump during his trip to the hospital to see the victims.”

Capitol Police heroes David Bailey and Crystal Griner, who stopped a gunman who was shooting at

GOP congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on June 14, 2017. Griner and Bailey were

wounded in the event but are recovering. "Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,"

said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).   (Photo: Twitter/Hood College)


According to NBC, Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the firefight between police and assailant James Hodgkinson, has been released from the hospital and is now in “good condition.”

According to a statement released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday, Scalise, who sustained a gunshot wound in the hip that caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels, is still in serious condition but continues to show signs of improvement.



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