Congressman Steve Scalise put Democrat hypocrisy on full display during a hearing on ‘violent disinformation’ in the media.
Anti-Free Speech Hearing
The Democrats have become emboldened in recent years in their fight to violate the First Amendment by censoring conservatives. Their newest strategy was to call a hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee entitled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.”
Prior to the February 24 hearing, far-left California Representatives Anna Eshoo and Gerry McNerney sent a letter to television broadcasters attempting to shame them for streaming “disinformation” channels like Newsmax, One America News (OAN), and Fox News.
Scalise Fights Back
In the hearing, Representative Scalise chose to bring his own evidence, rather than just fighting back with a long-winded speech about why the hearing was biased and intended to attack conservatives.
Scalise submitted into Congressional record an FBI report that analyzed the man who shot him, and the fact that he was a fan of MSNBC and Bernie Sanders.
In the hearing, Scalise discussed the events that unfolded on June 14, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on more than a dozen Republican Congress members, almost killing him.
“The gunman was motivated by hyper-charged rhetoric that he was hearing from the left,” he concluded.
In his speech, Scalise used evidence from the FBI report, which revealed the motivations and writings of the shooter, James Hodgkinson. The report details the fact that Hodgkinson was a volunteer for the 2016 campaign of Bernie Sanders, and was a fan of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
If Democrats can blame the storming of the Capitol on “disinformation” from conservative news outlets, then they should also blame the shooting on disinformation from Sanders and Maddow, if they were thinking logically. But Scalise went on to say that he only blames the shooter for what happened that day.
The larger point Steve Scalise was trying to make is that fighting “disinformation” shouldn’t be focused only on one side. If the left blames violence on disinformation, then why aren’t they discussing the motivations behind the violent BLM/ANTIFA riots that took place throughout 2020? Scalise used his own experience to shed light on the blatant hypocrisy of the Democrat Party.