Dear Kellyanne Conway: The Media Isn’t to Blame for Scalise Shooting — Republicans Are (VIDEO)
In an interview on Fox & Friends, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said she blames criticism of the Trump administration by the news media for the Wednesday shootings of two Republican congressmen. She followed that up by saying that her own critics would cheer if she were shot and killed.
Conway blames the media — instead of her NRA-supported, gun-loving Republican friends
She also complained about media coverage of the shootings of GOP majority whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.), who were shot and wounded along with three other people while practicing for a congressional baseball game, Raw Story reports.
“I went back and looked at exactly what was being discussed on all the TV shows, except yours, at 7:09 a.m. on Wednesday, when this happened, and it’s a really curious exercise, because as Steve Scalise was fighting for his life and crawling into right field in a trail of blood, you should go back and see what people were saying about the president and Republicans at that very moment,” Conway said. “Of course, they had to break in with the news of this tragedy, and since then there’s been some introspection — some quieter, more muted voices toning down the rhetoric.”
“But look at Twitter — if I was shot and killed tomorrow, half of Twitter would explode in applause and excitement.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 16, 2017
Conway was merely stating the obvious, but rather than blaming themselves for all the gun laws they have loosened up, Republicans blame progressives and the media.
The Center for Responsive Politics reports that during the 2016 election cycle, Democrats received $10,550 while the Republicans received a whopping $1,076,150. And Republicans do what this powerful benefactor wants them to do. And even though it may not sound like much, Scalise has received just under $5,000 from the NRA. And his website notes he is a “strong supporter” of the Second Amendment.
But Conway would rather shift blame to the media than face what’s really going on.
“This is the world we live in now,” she said. “It’s terrible because, again, it’s one thing to say I disagree with you on healthcare repeal, or on taxes, or on your plan for national security. But you can’t attack people personally in a way and think that tragedies like this won’t happen.”
Well, that’s true. But you can pass stricter gun laws to prevent dangerous people from having access to guns. However, this reasoning is something most Republicans patently disregard.
So Conway can finger point and make excuses, but until tougher gun laws are passed, disenfranchised and mentally ill people are going to keep finding ways to access firearms. And as more of these people become frustrated with Trump and his fellow conservatives, these unstable people are likely to act out.
And that’s on the Republicans. Not the news media.
Here’s what Conway had to say in the video below.
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