House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) left talk of unity behind just one day after the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and blamed the violence on Fox News and Republicans, according to Fox News.
The shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was a left-wing activist with an intense hatred for President Donald Trump. Hodgkinson targeted GOP legislators, wounding five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) before being fatally shot by Capitol Police.
Conservative politicians such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out that rhetoric from the left has become increasingly aggressive.
“The intensity on the left is very real,” Gingrich said.
“I think that the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous,” Pelosi said Thursday to reporters.
Pelosi claimed that news outlets like Fox News are to blame for today’s political climate and cited a 2010 case where a man had threatened Pelosi by phone when she was House speaker. According to Fox News, officials said the man recited her home address and “warned her not to back Obamacare if she ever wanted to see her house again.”
“His mother said, ‘He just watches too much Fox TV.’ That’s what she said,” Pelosi told reporters, adding that the “crude and disgusting” things she hears come “from the outside.”
“It may be inflamed, I don’t know. This mom said it was Fox News,” Pelosi reportedly added.
According to NBC News producer Alex Moe, Pelosi also blamed Republicans for decaying political discourse, claiming that in the 1990s Republicans “decided on the politics of personal destruction.”
Pelosi on political discourse: it didn’t use to be this way, somewhere in the 90s republicans decided on politics of personal destruction
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 15, 2017
On the day of the shooting, Pelosi took to the House floor alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to send a message of unity after news broke about the attempted murder of GOP congressional members.
“We are not one caucus or the other in this house today,” Pelosi told House members.
The annual Congressional Baseball Game, which benefits area charities, is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Nationals Park.