Following the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital, there have been calls for politicians and pundits to back off violent rhetoric.
But tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) isn’t about to let the tragedy change his tone.
Prior to the shooting, Republicans in the House introduced “The Repealing the Job-Killing Health-Care Law Act.” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) used the phrase “job-killing” eight times in one briefing on Jan. 4.
Most Republicans dialed back that rhetoric in the wake of the shooting.
“Whether it’s job-killing, job-destroying, job-crushing, job-ending, job-eliminating, job-preventing, job-limiting, job-hurting, job-excising, job-removing, job-exterminating, or job-doingawaywith – the point is clear,” Cantor later said.
In an interview broadcast on ABC Sunday, Lee refused to follow Cantor’s lead.
“The shooter wins if we, who’ve been elected, change what we do just because of what he did,” Lee told ABC.
And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may agree.
Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday about whether Republicans would force a shut down of the government if Democrats didn’t agree to deep spending cuts, McConnell used some violent imagery of his own.
“Nobody is going to put a gun to anybody’s head here,” he said.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 23, 2011.
England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague
The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.
"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.
"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.
Parts of London and other cities, deserted during lockdown, sprang to life as people dressed up and came out for "Super Saturday" -- the day England's hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.
Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America
The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.
Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.
Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.
‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’
President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.
The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying: