A Twitter debate between Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was abruptly cut off Sunday morning when some of Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters began making violent threats against her opponent. Scalise, a victim of a previous shooting attack by a left-wing extremist, refused to continue in the face of violent rhetoric and brought the debate to an end. It’s just another example of how crazy many on the left have become.
Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has faced enough danger from the far left; in June 2014 he was injured in a mass shooting carried out by a left-wing activist, and still walks with a stick. That experience hasn’t deterred him from standing up for conservative values, but Sunday morning he had another run-in with extreme Leftists – and it was bad enough that he felt he had to cut short an online debate.
- Scalise has a solid record on opposing tax increases, and strongly disagrees with recent Democratic Party proposals to push some tax rates as high as 70%.
- One prominent supporter of these punitive tax rates is newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the radical congresswoman from New York who’s become a darling of the far Left.
- Scalise was drawn into a Twitter debate with Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday, after she had sent a tweet implying that Scalise doesn’t understand how tax rates work. The discussion quickly attracted supporters from both sides.
- However, after about two hours, one of Ocasio-Cortez’s backers tweeted “snipe his ass” in an apparent reference to the 2014 shooting.
- Minutes later another Leftist said of Ocasio-Cortez, “she’s got better aim than James Hodgkinson (the 2014 attacker), that’s for sure.” A third then added, “Kick his cane.”
- Two of these tweets are pretty standard Twitter rudeness, but the first was an explicit suggestion of violence. While there was no real risk of Scalise being shot during the debate, there’s growing concern that rhetoric like this is polarizing politics and legitimizing the idea of violence against opponents.
- Not long after the offending messages Scalise tweeted, “Hi @AOC, Happy to continue this debate on the Floor of the People’s House, but it’s clearly not productive to engage here with some of your radical followers. #StayClassy.”
- Ocasio-Cortez was active on Twitter later on Sunday. However, as of Sunday night she hadn’t made any comment on the violent tweets. Unfortunately, it looks like the “democratic socialist” firebrand isn’t concerned with keeping things civil.