“It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress Wednesday was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.”
That unhinged commentary came from Scott Pelley, newsman for CBS Evening News, the day after the shooting of GOP congressmen as they practiced for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, a charity competition between a team of Republicans and Democrats. (The competition raised a reported $1.5 million.)
It was also the same day Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.), in critical condition, was undergoing one of the series of surgeries he required after Wednesday’s attack. Shooting victim Matt Mika was also in critical condition, and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner was still in the hospital, reports James Freeman in the WSJ.
Given the timing and the circumstances that Mr. Pelley chose to make his case, one might have expected him to cite some truly damning rhetoric that had been uttered by the victims, if not direct evidence that they had incited Hodgkinson to carry out his bloody attack.
One would have been wrong.
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