Editorial: GOP responds to Pelosi attack with cruel, baseless jokes. It’s shameful and it’s demeaning.
When a GOP member of Congress told a group of reporters last week that he would have used a gun if he believed there were “active shooters” in his community, he got a swift response from the right and left.
The Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, was “in shock” at the comment and later said he was “shocked” and “appalled” by it.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came out swinging, calling the remarks “an outrageous, disgusting and despicable” attack on Republicans. Then McCain called it “an attack” on both sides of the aisle.
Rep. Steve Scalise was asked later to comment on the comments, which he called a joke, that “were an attack on all the people that came together last night, the people who did not come together last night.”
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said he thought that “it would be nice” if the shooter were a Republican.
The House Republicans later deleted the tweet from their official account that prompted the initial outrage.
These Republicans have been taking shots at each other, over and over, for the last two weeks.
Most recently, they’ve been trading barbs over an op-ed they wrote for the Washington Post that was critical of the president. The Washington Post defended the piece, noting that the author, Ryan Lizza, had not asked for or received any payment for the essay.
A couple of weeks earlier, they’d also been feuding over the use of the word “felony” in the president’s tweet about the judge in the Trump University case.
In all the hullabaloo, none of these congressmen seemed to care about the actual substance of the comments. They weren’t even aware that