Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise reacted harshly on Friday to a newly resurfaced 2017 tweet in which Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes accused the congressman of “vot[ing] against self interest” when he expressed his continued opposition to gun control after narrowly surviving a mass shooting.
Scalise was nearly killed by James Hodgkinson, a left-wing domestic terrorist, while practicing for the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game. The Louisiana Republican suffered internal bleeding and several broken bones. Scalise did not change his views on gun control in the aftermath of the shooting, saying it “fortified” his support for the right to bear arms. (RELATED: As Dems Angle To Deplatform Fox News, Rep. Scalise Reminds Them Baseball Shooter Was A Fan Of MSNBC)
“Taking one for the team. I question how people vote against self interest but this is next level. He literally almost died on this hill,” Barnes wrote in a quote tweet of article detailing Scalise’s position.
Taking one for the team. I question how people vote against self interest but this is next level. He literally almost died on this hill. https://t.co/Xx8ZQXuvzM
Scalise described Barnes’ reaction as “disgraceful” in a statement to Punchbowl News after the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the Democrat’s tweet in an article published Thursday…. (Read more)