In the aftermath of the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise during a practice for the annual congressional baseball game, some leftists took to social media to deflect any blame for the hateful rhetoric preached against President Donald Trump and Republicans since the November election.
New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush shifted the blame from the shooter to the precedents that President Trump has set for discourse in the United States.
Others were less subtle. Malcolm Harris, a regular contributor to the New Republic who also has been published by the Washington Post and Salon Magazine, claimed that the shooter was merely acting in self-defense due to Scalise’s position on healthcare.
If the shooter has a serious health condition then is taking potshots at the GOP house leadership considered self defense?