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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is asking on President Biden and outstanding Democrats to denounce political violence after an 18-year-old North Dakota Republican was reportedly murdered following a political dispute.
“It’s outrageous and tragic that once again we are seeing another example of leftist violence,” Scalise, who was nearly killed by a supporter of Bernie Sanders in a 2017 politically motivated capturing, informed Fox News Digital. “I know firsthand the consequences that can result from violent political rhetoric, and my prayers are with Cayler’s family.”
Scalise continued, “People from all parties should condemn political violence when it happens, and I would encourage President Biden and other Democrat leaders to equally condemn this heinous act.”
Cayler Ellingson, 18, was killed this week after being mowed down by a car pushed by 41-year-old Shannon Brandt, in accordance with court docket paperwork, following what Brandt known as a “political argument.”
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“Brandt admitted to striking the pedestrian with his car because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to come get him,” court docket paperwork state. “Brandt admitted to State Radio that he hit the pedestrian and that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group.”
A breathalyzer check later confirmed that Brandt’s blood-alcohol stage was above the authorized restrict of 0.08.
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Biden has confronted criticism within the days following Ellingson’s demise from conservatives who’ve pointed to his speech in Philadelphia earlier this month suggesting that supporters of former President Donald Trump are a “threat” to the United States.
“Joe Biden’s rhetoric has consequences,” columnist Karol Markowicz tweeted. “When you label anyone who disagrees with you an ‘extremist,’ this happens. This should be a wall-to-wall story.”
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“An 18 year old was executed in cold blood by a Democrat political terrorist because of rhetoric like this,” Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted. “Democrats want Republicans dead, and they’ve already started the killings. Democrat’s political war against patriotic Americans must end!”
“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden mentioned throughout a speech in Philadelphia earlier this month that earned sturdy criticism from conservatives.
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The speech additionally earned criticism from some on the left, together with the Washington Post editorial board, which mentioned Biden’s remarks “fell short” and have been “demeaning” to “conservatives of good will.”
In an announcement to Fox News Digital, the White House didn’t particularly condemn the North Dakota killing by identify however mentioned President Biden has made it “clear” that the United States rejects political violence.
“As the President has made clear, this is a nation that rejects violence as a political tool and we do not encourage violence,” a White House spokesperson informed Fox News Digital. “It has no place in our political discourse and we condemn it.”
The White House additionally pointed to an excerpt from Biden’s Philadelphia speech the place he mentioned, “There is no place for political violence in America. Period. None. Ever.”