President Donald Trump offered a measured reaction — at least for now — to the shooting of Republican whip Steve Scalise and four others, but Donald Trump Jr. quickly tried to score political points.
The president expressed relief that Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, will recover from his wounds, and he offered thoughts and prayers to the lawmaker.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
The president’s son, however, latched onto reports that the gunman asked whether lawmakers practicing before Thursday’s annual inter-party baseball game were Democrats or Republicans before opening fire.
Trump Jr. retweeted a report about those witness claims, and he also approved another tweet by a conservative commentator linking the shootings to a recent production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that depicted the president’s assassination.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 14, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, the president’s former campaign manager and a White House adviser, also called attention to witness claims about the gunman’s suspected political motivations.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 14, 2017