A New Jersey Democratic strategist is capitalizing on the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) by launching the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen, and he is showing no signs of backing down, claiming “the chickens came home to roost.”
James Devine, a longtime political strategist in the Garden State, tweeted in the wake of the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria on Wednesday:
Perhaps responding to the anger directed at him online, he then clumsily tried to justify the hateful tweets by repeating a tired Democratic talking point, attempting to link Scalise to David Duke:
For a century the KKK was the militant wing of the Southern Democrats, not the Republicans — something the media doesn’t talk about now.
Amazingly, in light of his tweets, he told MyCentralJersey.com that the shooting was the result of “escalating rhetoric and vitriol that has been evident in our political system culminating with the election of our president and the chickens came home to roost, you know?” …
On Thursday, he offered a snarky apology, saying, “I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not engaged in civil discourse.” …
Other New Jersey Democrats quickly distanced themselves from Devine’s apparent incitement, with a spokesman for New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie claiming to MyCentralJersey.com to be “in no way associated with Mr. Devine’s hashtag.”
Incredible. The delusional thinking encouraged by the media today is breathtaking.