The terrible shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others precipitated calls for a resurgence of civility and bipartisanship, but MSNBC host Joy Reid didn't get the memo. She assailed Scalise in a tweet meant to paint him as a hypocrite, but instead wound up casting a dark cloud on her.
"Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet.." she tweeted, with a graphic representing his political positions that liberals find controversial.
Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and y… https://t.co/4ieZbSlF3r— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@AM Joy w/Joy Reid) 1497713078.0
The missive meant to point out that although Scalise is a social conservative, he was saved by the efforts of a gay Capitol police officer named Crystal Griner. She was shot in the ankle in the altercation with shooter James Hodgkinson, and by some accounts, she might have fired the rounds that took him down.
"If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being homophobic," said her guest Rev. Dr. William Barber. "If you almost died, but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else to get that same health care that you have."
Barber went on to accuse conservatives to be hypocrites and act contrary to the Bible because of their opposition to Obamacare and gay marriage. What neither Barber nor Reid admitted was that Griner and the other Capitol police officer wounded in the gunfight were considered like family to the Scalises.
.@REVDRBARBER prays for the speedy recovery of #Scalise but hopes his GOP party stops "preying" on the needy #AMJoyhttps://t.co/7iaBDWbnqs
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 17, 2017
While the sentiment might have been popular with the far left audience of MSNBC, the tweet was used as an example of the kind of mean-spirited and base instinct to politicize every tragedy for the sake of political gain.
This is despicable. https://t.co/BpCBDin1po— James Taranto (@James Taranto) 1497721094.0
I would call this a new low for @MSNBC, but for that to be true they'd have to have standards to begin with. https://t.co/yNF6XvKwkm— Derek Hunter (@Derek Hunter) 1497728133.0
This man is fighting for his life and you are attacking his voting record. Disgusting @amjoyshow https://t.co/VUHpx3A1YM— Ben Ferguson (@Ben Ferguson) 1497792860.0
Dems: "The thing about Republicans getting shot is, they deserve it." Also Dems: "We don't say things that encoura… https://t.co/UI8lfDEWuM— Comfortably Smug (@Comfortably Smug) 1497720469.0
He was shot by an MSNBC fan and saved by a woman who the Scalises consider family. This is despicable. https://t.co/prYt86VS1q— Sunny McSunnyface (@Sunny McSunnyface) 1497720682.0
There's nothing classier than kicking a man while he is hospitalized having surgeries after one of your political a… https://t.co/fxQTHHPfps— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan McLaughlin) 1497743508.0
Why America hates MSM, #MSNBC decided to smear today @SteveScalise today while he undergoes another. @amjoyshow u… https://t.co/57TA8BPcbN— email@example.com (@firstname.lastname@example.org) 1497716598.0
What a race baiting twit #AMJoy is. I hope Griner releases a statement about this and swipes at you. You libs just… https://t.co/D79ivouYiQ— Julie Ann - Live Free or Die (@Julie Ann - Live Free or Die) 1497719496.0
As the daughter of a politician - I cant tell you how reckless I think this is. What does his voting record have to… https://t.co/f8APJlbvv7— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1497742946.0
Conservative Stephen Miller at @RedSteeze summed up the reaction by many when he tweeted, "He's not even conscious yet. What the f**k is wrong with you?"
Doctors said that Scalise's condition had improved from critical to serious on Sunday. His official Twitter account indicated that he could speak to his family members on Saturday, and on Sunday, he was healthy enough to root for LSU, his alma mater, playing on TV in the College World Series.