Former NRA TV spokesperson Dana Loesch weighed in on the threat to execute Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Thursday. But her false equivalency is drawing swift criticism.
It began with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) saying that she's happy to work with Republicans but not the ones who she says almost had her murdered three weeks ago. Loesch responded by comparing it to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) being shot during baseball practice for the annual Congressional game.
Have you met Steve Scalise https://t.co/K3YZcKtfmT— Dana Loesch (@Dana Loesch) 1611857099.0
Six people were injured at the baseball field that day by a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who was angered by President Donald Trump. Unlike Greene, Sanders quickly denounced the shooter and said that his movement is one of nonviolence.
"I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be, violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values," Sanders said on the Senate floor.
At no point did anyone in the House or Senate call for Scalise to be executed, as was done with Pelosi.
Rep. Greene hasn't apologized, denounced the calls for execution, or told her supporters that violence is wrong. Instead, she blamed her "social media teams."
After being blasted, Loesch posted another tweet doubling down and then blocked comments on it.
You can get mad about it, but the point still stands. https://t.co/svra9SxXky— Dana Loesch (@Dana Loesch) 1611859813.0
Reaction to Loesch was swift. See the responses to her below:
Major differences here, @DLoesch: 1. No DEM President or DEM members of Congress incited the shooting of Steve Sca… https://t.co/8avyUNnfGW— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1611859578.0
What does that even mean?
Bernie Sanders wasn't poisoning his supporters' minds with a lie and motivating them to go the Capitol and fight politicians.
A single one of his supporters (out of millions) was mentally disturbed and committed an act of violence.
— Marcus Baram (@mbaram) January 28, 2021
Are you attempting to equate an armed insurrection incited by a sitting president to a lone gunman shooting up a ball field and no one died? You're totally fucked up
— Jim reilly (@daddyjimyanks) January 28, 2021
One Bernie Bro gone wild versus a couple thousands Trump freaks no comparison. Get back to attacking shooting survivors or whatever it is you enjoy doing.
— PaulPimentel (@PaulPimentel) January 28, 2021
I'm sorry, did some high ranking Democrat rile that guy up the day of the congressional baseball shooting and send him marching off to the field the day Steve Scalise was shot? Or are you just grasping at straws here, and the two incidents have zero in common?
— Sean (@RamblingRecluse) January 28, 2021
It's no wonder the NRA went broke
— Nicole (@NicoleinGeorgia) January 28, 2021
Trump told them to storm the Capital and fed them 4 years of lies. The man who shot Scalise & others was fueled by hatred for Trump based on Trump..Trump incited both events.
— Diane (@DianeKnud7) January 28, 2021
Let's give Dana a participation trophy for using her words, even though they are dumb words with no critical thinking attached. pic.twitter.com/EA7pAmdd9t
— Katy Barzedor (@bucky4eyes) January 28, 2021
Have you met Gabby Giffords?
— Yeizo Ghost 👻 (@FailuresArt) January 28, 2021
Have you met Straw Man?
— Cults Are Bad Mmmkay 🍊💩 (@mrdlmnop) January 28, 2021
Ms. Loesch, please find a Democratic office holder who did not condemn that horrible moment when Steve Scalise was shot. -- Not a parallel.
— Randy Mayeux (@Randy1116) January 28, 2021
A hallmark of the mental disorder exhibited by all Republicans is equating things that aren't remotely alike.
— cuddlefish (@cuddlef53928400) January 28, 2021
Which member of Congress tried to kill Steve?
— JM Parker (@BDS_Girl) January 28, 2021
Which Democratic MOC incited an insurretion that led to Steve's horrific shooting ms. loesch???
— Wendy Lou Who💙🇺🇸PresidentBiden & MVPHarris🇺🇸 (@WendyLouWho11) January 28, 2021
Did it get cold under your rock? Came out looking for some relevance?
— StarbiesMom (@StarbiesMom) January 28, 2021