Dem Senator on Scalise Shooting: Trump 'Divides, Name-Calls' Instead of Being 'Healer-in-Chief'
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown broke from most of his party when he blamed President Trump and right-wing journalists for a deranged man's shooting spree targeting Republican congressmen.
Brown claimed he does not blame President Trump for the polarization in the country, but seemed to double back, saying Trump is dividing the country.
The frustrated Ohio senator accused a reporter of making a "false equivalency" and practicing "fake journalism" for asking whether Democrats have amped up violent rhetoric since the president's election last year.
A Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Republicans at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning, wounding five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The shooter was gunned down by police. Scalise remains in critical condition as of Thursday.
"For whatever reason, unleashed in our country is more anti-semitism, more racist talk, more racism," the congressman told the Washington Examiner. "And the president should be the healer in chief. Instead, this president has chosen to divide and name call and that doesn't serve this country. It probably doesn't serve his interest. It certainly doesn't serve his party's interest."
Most congressmen on both sides of the aisle have backed off of accusing one side or the other in the wake of the shooting.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both called for unity on the House floor Wednesday, Ryan saying that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
"This is a result, I believe, of political rhetorical terrorism. That has to stop," Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) said in an emotional interview Wednesday. Davis was present at the attack but emerged unscathed.
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