A liberal group is raising money to put up a billboard to “take out” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who survived being shot while practicing at a baseball field in Alexandria last June.
The homepage of Mad Dog PAC’s website has a photo of the proposed billboard with a link asking site-goers for donations. The liberal group is the same organization behind a billboard with the message “IMPEACHMENT NOW” along the motorcade route to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
On June 14, 2017, Scalise and several other Republican congressmen were practicing for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, when a gunman opened fire on the members and shot Scalise in the hip. Before opening fire, the shooter asked for the baseball players’ party identification, and identified with far-left politicians and causes. For weeks after the shooting, Scalise’s recovery was uncertain.
Mad Dog PAC chairman Claude Taylor told The Ledger that his group was planning to “toss mortars” at the other side.
“People know that President Trump is a crook, and we’re going to do something about it,” Taylor said. “We are tossing mortars at the other side. We’re not offering policy prescriptions. We’re attack dogs; that’s what we’re here for.”
In 2011, The New York Times editorial board falsely claimed Sarah Palin had caused a shooting at a campaign event for Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords after Palin’s PAC posted a picture of several Democratic representatives’ districts inside gun sights. Although it was never proven that shooter had ever seen the map, pundits bashed Palin about it, as Mollie Hemingway noted last summer:
Andrew Sullivan, then at the The Atlantic, wrote ‘No one is saying Sarah Palin should be viewed as an accomplice to murder. Many are merely saying that her recklessly violent and inflammatory rhetoric has poisoned the discourse and has long run the risk of empowering the deranged. We are saying it’s about time someone took responsibility for this kind of rhetorical extremism, because it can and has led to violence and murder.’
Writing in The New York Times, Matt Bai said Palin and others used ‘imagery of armed revolution. Popular spokespeople like Ms. Palin routinely drop words like ‘tyranny’ and ‘socialism’ when describing the president and his allies, as if blind to the idea that Americans legitimately faced with either enemy would almost certainly take up arms.’
MSNBC used a graphic that said ‘Power of Words’ with an image of Loughner, suggesting that conservative rhetoric was responsible for the shooting.