Following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at a baseball field in Virginia Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted out what for him was a very measured and even presidential message:
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
But the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. couldn’t resist trying to score some political points and sent out a tweet with links to a conservative commentator who blamed the shootings on a controversial production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar which depicted the assassination of a figure who resembled President Trump:
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 14, 2017
One wonders where the outrage was from Donald Trump Jr. in 2012 when the Guthrie Theater staged the same play and had a black man who resembled President Obama in the lead.
Other Twitter users joined the conversation and took Junior to task for his ill-informed tweet:
The point of the play is that political violence is wrong.
That's like saying we shouldn't watch Saving Private Ryan or it'll lead to war.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 14, 2017
And when your father, who actually incited violence at rallies, sheepishly suggested somebody should shoot @HillaryClinton — that was ok?
— David Blaustein AF (@blaustein) June 14, 2017
Remember When Sarah Palin "joked" about having Gabby Giffords in her crosshairs? Literally? Then she was shot.
— GrifterIvanka (@notimeforthis24) June 14, 2017
Disavow Alex Jones. His rhetoric (all made up lies) caused a crazy person to fire an assault rifle in a pizza restaurant. Disavow him today.
— Jeremy Greenfield (@jdgreenfield) June 14, 2017
Wow, one would almost think you're happy about this b/c it takes the heat off your father and you can somehow blame Dems at the same time. ?
— Robyn VOTE BLUE A (@rockinrob7970) June 14, 2017
You really think any Trump has read Shakespeare? I doubt he's read Goodnight Moon.
— Fin Sin (@finsinner_dc) June 14, 2017
Violence in any form for any reason is wrong. That’s the bottom line. But for a some to try and capitalize on a tragedy such as this shooting to advance their own agendas is beyond despicable. Donald Trump Jr. needs to STFU and pretend to pray for the victims. At least he can pull that off without having to annoy the rest of us.
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