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MSNBC host attacks injured congressman Scalise, and gets a brutal smackdown

The terrible shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (D-La.) and others precipitated calls for a resurgence of civility and bipartisanship, but MSNBC host Joy Reid didn’t get the memo. She assailed Scalise in a tweet meant to paint him as a hypocrite, but instead wound up casting a dark cloud on her.

“Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet..” she tweeted, with a graphic representing his political positions that liberals find controversial.

Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet… #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/Qm96T90c6Y

— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 17, 2017

The missive meant to point out that although Scalise is a social conservative, he was saved by the efforts of a gay Capitol police officer named Crystal Griner. She was shot in the ankle in the altercation with shooter James Hodgkinson, and by some accounts she might have fired the rounds that took him down.

“If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being homophobic,” said her guest Rev. Dr. William Barber. “If you almost died, but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else to get that same health care that you have.”

Barber went on to accuse conservatives to be hypocrites and act contrary to the Bible because of their opposition to Obamacare and gay marriage. What neither Barber nor Reid admitted was that Griner and the other Capitol police officer wounded in the gunfight were considered like family to the Scalises.

.@REVDRBARBER prays for the speedy recovery of #Scalise but hopes his GOP party stops “preying” on the needy #AMJoy https://t.co/7iaBDWbnqs

— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 17, 2017

While the sentiment might have been popular with the far left audience of MSNBC, the tweet was used as an example of the kind of mean-spirited and base instinct to politicize every tragedy for the sake of political gain.

This is despicable. https://t.co/BpCBDin1po

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 17, 2017

I would call this a new low for @MSNBC, but for that to be true they’d have to have standards to begin with. https://t.co/yNF6XvKwkm

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 17, 2017

This intolerance must be loudly condemned. No one deserves to be shot. https://t.co/koKxu8FmZz

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 17, 2017

This man is fighting for his life and you are attacking his voting record. Disgusting @amjoyshow https://t.co/VUHpx3A1YM

— Ben Ferguson (@benfergusonshow) June 18, 2017

Dems: “The thing about Republicans getting shot is, they deserve it.”

Also Dems: “We don’t say things that encourage violence, Palin does.” https://t.co/TUDq4B0uTh

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 17, 2017

He was shot by an MSNBC fan and saved by a woman who the Scalises consider family. This is despicable. https://t.co/prYt86VS1q

— Mat (@sunnyright) June 17, 2017

This tweet makes me incredibly sad. The comfort I have is it is very rare I find Democrats or Republicans on Main Street who thinks this way https://t.co/y5QiFQYZiT

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) June 18, 2017

There’s nothing classier than kicking a man while he is hospitalized having surgeries after one of your political allies shot him. https://t.co/7vY2Xyzk1r

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 17, 2017

Why America hates MSM,#MSNBC decided to smear today @SteveScalise today while he undergoes another. @amjoyshow ur an inept partisan hack. https://t.co/cNPnzxnwVb

— TrumpSmurf (@bad_spelur) June 17, 2017

And on day 4 the liberal “He deserved it” hot takes are here. https://t.co/f5wDXe9lLs

— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 17, 2017

Which bills did the black lesbian support? Because she also got shot by the progressive. https://t.co/XGLujyY9cB

— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) June 17, 2017

As the daughter of a politician – I cant tell you how reckless I think this is. What does his voting record have to do with him being shot? https://t.co/diiAgvpJ0u

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 17, 2017

Conservative Stephen Miller at @RedSteeze summed up the reaction by many when he tweeted, “He’s not even conscious yet. What the f**k is wrong with you?”

Doctors said that Scalise’s condition had improved from critical to serious on Sunday. His official Twitter account indicated that he could speak to his family members on Saturday, and on Sunday he was healthy enough to root for his alma mater’s baseball team playing on television.

Doctors are expressing optimism that critically-injured Congressman Steve Scalise will recover after he was shot in the hip in an ambush on Members of Congress practicing at an Alexandria baseball field.And the FBI reveals new information on the weapons us

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