White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told the hosts of Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Friday that toxic political rhetoric needs to be eliminated following the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting on Wednesday.
Conway, who serves as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, said that anti-Trump and anti-Republican rhetoric is ultimately encouraging an "armed resistance" and that peer-to-peer interactions need to change for the better. If not, senseless tragedies will continue to occur, Conway said, referring to the shooting of five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Trump confidante told the Fox hosts that immediately following the shooting, she "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 and it's a really curious exercise because as Steve Scalise was fighting for his life and crawling into right field. You should go back and see what people were saying about the president and the Republicans at that very moment.
"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," she said.
Citing her own social media experience, Conway surmised that many Twitter users would likely applaud a physical attack on her despite the most recent tragedy.
"Look at Twitter," Conway continued. "If I were shot and killed tomorrow, half of Twitter would explode in applause and excitement."
"This is the world we live in now and it's terrible because, again, it's one thing to say, 'I disagree with you on health care 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," she concluded.
Conway went on to blast House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for "pointing fingers" once again, just a day after temporarily calling a truce with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the House floor in an effort to promote bipartisan unity as a result of the shooting.