Democrats get away with calling for violence against Republicans all the time. But what about when a former WH staffer calls for the killing of a sitting VP?
Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes called for the deaths of Vice President Mike Pence, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell on Twitter on Thursday.
Rhodes’ bitter, and probably criminal, statement comes after the passage of a tax cut for over 80% of Americans.
“The obit(uaries) for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence…” he began lustily.
GOP Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, recently injured in an assassination attempt by a shooter who arrived at a baseball park with a list of Republicans to shoot and kill, fired back.
“You may want to reconsider your rhetoric,” Scalise wrote.
Read both tweets by scrolling down.
In case it sounds out-of-context, Daily Caller points out that the context actually makes it worse – and proves that Rhodes really was calling for the death of the 3 men:
Rhodes issued the inflammatory tweet in response to fellow Obama White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer, who joked that he hopes President Donald Trump’s Instagram photo celebrating the passage of the GOP tax reform bill appears on the front page of The New York Times when Trump is indicted. Pfeiffer didn’t specify what Trump would be indicted for.
Rhodes agreed and added that the image should also accompany the obituaries of Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Scalise, who spent weeks in critical condition after he was shot during a practice for the annual Congressional baseball game, suggested Rhodes reassess his messaging.
And alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence https://t.co/fOrm1JZwpu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 21, 2017
You may want to reconsider your rhetoric. https://t.co/VQVWej6n00
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 21, 2017