Fox News host Tucker Carlson quizzed Democratic strategist Jim Devine on Monday about violent political rhetoric after Devine tweeted a directive to “hunt” GOP congressmen.
Soon after a gunman injured five people while targeting GOP members of Congress, Devine tweeted, “We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people. Why is it a shock when things turn violent? #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.”
Last week, a shooter fired on the GOP congressional baseball team in an Alexandria baseball field. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was badly injured with a shot to the hip that damaged his internal organs; he has undergone multiple surgeries and was in critical condition following the shooting.
Devine denied that he had really been advocating for violence with his tweet, saying his call to “hunt Republicans” was a metaphor he wanted to use in response to incendiary rhetoric from conservatives. He showed a sign reading “liberal hunting permit” as his own example of violent rhetoric from the right.
On his show, Carlson accused Devine of “encouraging gun violence” with his phrasing. “It is not uncommon in politics that we use the language of war,” Devine said in defense of his tweet.
Glenn Beck took a look at the interview on Tuesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.” Stu Burguiere pointed out that Devine was “retroactively mocking” every Democrat who said in 2011 that Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot because of rhetoric from Sarah Palin’s political action committee, a perception later proven to be false.
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