Rep. King on Scalise Shooting: There Are 'Psychotic People' on Both Sides
Rep. Pete King (R-NY) joined his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in a plea to lower the "loud" and "out-of-control" political rhetoric.
"I like a good political fight as much as anyone, but there's a certain line you shouldn't cross. And I think when either side does that it can prompt this type of response," King told host Melissa Francis.
Bernie Sanders supporter James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republicans at their congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, shooting Rep. Steve Scalise and injuring a staffer and two Capitol police officers. Scalise is in stable condition, and the shooter was gunned down by police.
King said that if Congress can take something good of such a horrible incident then "to me that shows we're doing our job as members of Congress representing the American people."
Thoughts & prayers w Steve Scalise, 2 police officers & staffer shot this AM. Steve is good friend. Very helpful in passing 9/11 health bill
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) June 14, 2017
"I saw this after 9/11 and it didn't last as long as it should have," the New York congressman said, adding that he encouraged the unity that House leaders on both sides called for in the wake of the shooting.
King largely agreed with Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, who witnessed the shooting and was perhaps the most outspoken member of Congress, calling out "political rhetorical terrorism."
King added however, that "it's not really fair to blame that on Democrats at all" and that there are "psychotic people on both sides."
"I've been around long enough to know we have types like this on both sides," he concluded.
Watch the full interview above.