Newt Gingrich Blames Congressman's Shooting On Liberals - Growing "Hostility" Made It Possible

The 66-year-old man who allegedly fired shots at Republican lawmakers on a baseball field Wednesday morning represented the growing “hostility” among liberals, Newt Gingrich declared on Fox News.

“It’s part of a pattern; an increasing intensity of hostility on the left,” the former House speaker said. He cited the backlash against right-wing speakers at universities. “Look, I talk to college students regularly who say that if they are openly for Trump, they get threatened,” Gingrich claimed. “I’ve had college students tell me they get threatened with being beaten up. Some of them get death threats.”

The Georgia Republican argued that Kathy Griffin is another example of liberal “hostility.” The comedian recently came under fire after posing for a photo with a fake severed head that resembled President Trump. She lost her annual gig as a host of a New Year’s Eve show on CNN as a result of the controversy.

“The intensity is very real, whether it’s a so-called comedian holding up the president’s head covered in blood, or right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians using vulgarity because they can’t find any common language to talk,” Gingrich said. “This intensity has been building, I think, since election night.”

According to The Hill, the ex-speaker was referencing a “Julius Caesar” performance in New York City that depicted the murdered Roman ruler in Trump’s image. Gingrich’s other comment apparently was about Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who used profanity to ridicule the president for failing to make good on his campaign promises.

The gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise in the hip, and also injured two Capitol Police officers and a congressional aide. Scalise, whose position as majority whip makes him the third-ranking Republican in the House, was listed in stable condition following surgery. Police responded by gunning down the suspect, who died later in the day at an area hospital. GOP members of the House, as well as a few senators, were practicing for Thursday’s scheduled congressional baseball game. The event features Republicans squaring off against Democrats to raise money for charity.

Immediately following the incident, Gingrich tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by horrific event in VA. Praying for our friend @stevescalise, @CapitolPolice & congressional staffers.” Later, on Fox News, he was asked whether conservatives and Trump bear any responsibility for the nation’s highly charged political divide. “What have we done to incite this,” Gingrich asked.

According to Mediaite, Fox commentator Melissa Francis responded: “Even if everything you’re saying is true … to talk about it in the terms of left and right right now in the wake of it, does that make sense? Does it make it worse?” After Gingrich said “no,” Francis asked: “Do you rise above it and say we all need to stay calm and focus on the work ahead of us?”

The former speaker explained: “You’ve had a series of things that send signals that tell people that it’s OK to hate Trump, it’s OK to think of Trump in violent terms, it’s OK to consider assassinating Trump. And then suddenly we’re supposed to rise above it until the next time?”

Source: The Hill
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