After House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others were shot during a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning — before which the shooter reportedly asked if Republicans or Democrats were on the field — there certainly were sympathetic responses.
But as you might expect, some folks on social media posted decidedly vile reactions that ranged from Republicans-deserve-to-get shot to downright glee over the attack.
The founder of liberal news site the Daily Kos had this to say:
Republicans are getting what they want. https://t.co/8ZUnso6JCV
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) June 14, 2017
Moulitsas’ tweet was in response to a post on Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s Twitter page last June which read: “.@JudgeNap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!”
Sergio Gor, Paul’s communication director, on Wednesday told TheBlaze that the latter quoted words were not Paul’s but Judge Andrew Napolitano’s. Gor explained that the quote was part of a live-tweet of a speech by Napolitano and posted by a staffer.
Some other reactions to the shooting:
It’s a shame more Republicans weren’t shot
— what to heck ???? (@itsrealH) June 14, 2017
Ah, Republicans. It's all fun and games until one of your own gets shot, huh? #Scalise
— Snowflake Erica (@EricaLScott) June 14, 2017
LMAO, Republicans get shot at and Republicans FINALLY care!! A bunch of little kids….STAGED EVENT!!
— Vegas John (@vegasjful) June 14, 2017
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— Chico Delainky (@ChicoDelainky) June 14, 2017
no i don't feel bad republicans were shot at don't @ me i don't feel bad for people that think i should die
— cass (@xsadcassie) June 14, 2017
I feel a little bit like an asshole for thinking this but the republicans that were shot are still alive so it's really not that…
— Kelsey Lela (@Klcss) June 14, 2017
Republicans take away health care. GOP against gun laws. Every day Americans shot all over country, GOP does nothing. Blame yourselves.
— ObstructionOfJustice (@TheSpringChickn) June 14, 2017
Here’s quite a thread from Twitter user @waltisfrozen:
One wonders if these commenters — and those who agree with them — would react as callously if confronted by reported developments such as the following:
Jesus, this is scary. pic.twitter.com/4rzTq3zPkd
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) June 14, 2017
This story has been updated.