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Top Pro-Trump GOP Lawmaker Joins Donald Trump Jr. In Blaming Democrats For Today’s Shooting Despite Trump’s Violent Campaign Rhetoric

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Top Pro-Trump GOP Lawmaker Joins Donald Trump Jr. In Blaming Democrats For Today’s Shooting Despite Trump’s Violent Campaign Rhetoric

GOP Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), President Trump’s unofficial spokesman on Capitol Hill, linked today’s tragic shooting at the congressional baseball practice with “the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump [and] his supporters” by Democrats.

“I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric,” Collins told WBEN shortly after a 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire on ep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. “The rhetoric has been outrageous … the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters.”




Collins claimed that it was inevitable that someone was going to act based on the anti-GOP and anti-Trump “rhetoric.”

“You know, some people react to things like that. They get angry as well. And then you fuel the fires,” said Collins, who is among the most vocal Trump backers on Capitol Hill.

Collins said Democrats should take the attack as a “wake-up call.”

“Maybe this is a wake-up call. I’m not saying it will be,” Collins continued. “But let’s hope we could disagree on a more polite, conversational basis and not do things like what they did at my office a couple weeks ago.”

“I can only hope maybe there’s something here that would say: Let’s tone down the rhetoric. We can disagree politically but we can be polite,” Collins said. “It’s gone too far.”




Just minutes after first reports emerged of the tragic shooting, the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., highlighted another user’s tweet that said, “Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President.”

President Trump has a long history of calling for violent acts against those who protest at his events that goes back until at least August of 2015.

“I’ll beat the crap out of you,” Trump told a crowd at a campaign rally in Kansas City.

When demonstrators interrupted a Trump rally in St. Louis, Missouri, candidate Trump bemoaned the fact that there were no longer “consequences” to protesting and insisted the “country has to toughen up.”

“You know, part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?” he explained.

Watch below:

“The audience hit back and that’s what we need a little bit more of,” Trump said at a press conference during the campaign when asked about his rhetoric in the wake of an incident in which a supporter at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, sucker-punched a black man in the face.

Here are a few more examples:

“Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”

“In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very, very rough.”




“I’d like to punch him in the face.”

“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will.”

“Knock the crap out of them.”




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