Sanity at MSNBC: Chris Hayes invokes Scalise shooting to point out no GOP ‘monopoly’ on violence

Following the shocking news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home by a hammer-wielding man in his underwear, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes found himself in a quandary: How to write his opening monologue for “All In”?

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Because simply reporting the facts of a given situation is clearly a thing of the past, Hayes debated whether he should just go ahead and attack Republicans and worry about the details later or approach the situation with a modicum of journalistic integrity.

In the end, he split the baby, admitting that conservatives don’t have a “monopoly” on violence, but still managing to blame Donald Trump, because if Putin didn’t whack Paul over the head, then Trump clearly must have had a hand in the bizarre assault.

“We were thinking about the monologue, how we were going to cover this today,” he told his guests, Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (Md.).

“And I’ll just disclose that there’s sort of this tension because at one level there’s like, ‘I don’t want to do this thing where their people are terrible’ exclusively… A guy took a gun to the Republican softball team and shot Steve Scalise – almost killed him,” he continued. “There was a guy who turned himself in because he was going to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh.”

“So it’s not like there is some ideological monopoly on this, and yet… but…”

And, of course, it’s a very big “but.”

“It also feels like the difference is that, on that side, because of Donald Trump chiefly,” he stated, “there is more tolerance for, excuses for, apologies, exhortations to threat and menace.”

In that short moment, Hayes embodied the disingenuous, sanctimonious mindset that is so pervasive among the liberal left.

What the host failed to reflect upon was the media’s role in fueling the violence that has befallen both sides of the political aisle in recent years.

On his very own network is Tiffany Cross, the woman Megyn Kelly called “the most racist person on television.”

Cross can’t open her mouth without claiming white conservatives are committing one egregious sin or another, and she doesn’t let things like facts get in the way of her message.

Sitting right next to him was AOC, who claimed in September that “so many people in this country hate women,” and the media simply gave her a pass.

And where was the media when Shannon Brandt allegedly ran down and killed teenager Cayler Ellingson for being a “MAGA Republican”?

Wondering, it would seem, how they were going to write their next monologue.

The fact is, when violence is committed by someone who doesn’t fit the “white supremacist” narrative, the media simply doesn’t report on it, and it certainly doesn’t look inward for the inspiration behind many of the horrific crimes which continue to affect all Americans.


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