After the horrific shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several Republican staffers, Democrats generally expressed sentiments of sympathy and unity. The rhetoric softened for a blessed minute, then toughened to stone when Scott Pelley of CBS offered his commentary.
He said last Thursday, “It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress yesterday was foreseeable, predictable, and to some degree, self-inflicted.”
Chris Salcedo asked “Where did all the kumbaya moments go?” on “The Chris Salcedo Show” today. He wondered why such analysis was not leveled on violent protesters at Berkeley.
Instead, Pelley continued to blame Republicans and President Donald Trump for inciting mentally ill persons to violence. “You might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech and you’d be right,” he said. “Trouble is, there are a lot of Americans who struggle with mental illness.”
He did seem to lay some of the responsibility at the feet of Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), recalling that the senator called the president the most dangerous in history. “And the shooter yesterday was a Sanders volunteer,” Pelley said.