Gingrich: Scalise Shooting Is Part of a Pattern of 'Hostility on the Left'
Newt Gingrich said the shooting at congressional Republicans' baseball practice is part of a pattern of "an increasing intensity of hostility on the left."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in stable condition after being shot when a 66-year-old male gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning. A congressional staffer and two Capitol police officers were wounded. The shooter, a Bernie Sanders supporter, died in a shootout with police.
On "Outnumbered," the former Speaker of the House said that the violent feelings of people who disagree with conservatives have been building since election night.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 14, 2017
Gingrich recalled that he has been approached by both colleagues and college student Trump supporters who related they have been threatened for their political stance.
Melissa Francis noted that some on the left will argue that the right incited the attack and point to rhetoric by the president.
"What have we done to incite this?" Gingrich asked.
He said that a series of events have taught people that thinking of President Trump, and by extension the Republican Party, in violent terms is okay.
"And suddenly we're supposed to rise above it. Until the next time?" Gingrich said.
Francis questioned whether the right vs. left argument makes sense right now. Gingrich answered that it's the "truth" in his view.
Watch the full discussion above.