Keith Ellison might regret asking for an example of a “Bernie Bro” being bad.
The former lawmaker tweeted:
I have never seen @BernieSanders supporters being unusually mean or rude.
Can someone send me an example of a “Bernie Bro” being bad.
Also, are we holding all candidates responsible for the behavior of some of their supporters? Waiting to hear.
That’s when Rep. Steve Scalise delivered the most brutal example possible, tweeting “I can think of an example.”
I can think of an example. https://t.co/KwuvyYgyGw
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 20, 2020
Per Wikipedia, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 7:09 am EDT, Scalise and three other people were shot and wounded by James Hodgkinson, a left-wing activist with a record of domestic violence, who opened fire with a rifle during a baseball practice of the Republican team for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
The practice was taking place at the Eugene Simpson Baseball Fields in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise, the only member of Congress to be hit, was shot in the hip.
Representative Mo Brooks, who was also at the practice, witnessed the attack and said he saw someone with a rifle behind the third base dugout. Brooks then heard Scalise scream from second base.
Scalise crawled into right field, bleeding. Senator Jeff Flake and Representative Brad Wenstrup, a former podiatrist, ran to assist Scalise after Hodgkinson was shot. Senator Rand Paul, also a witness, said he heard “as many as 50 shots”.
Per Newsweek, after the shooting, Sanders denounced the attack as “despicable,” and confirmed that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his 2016 campaign. In a 2018 interview with Mark Levin on Fox News, Scalise said he did not blame Sanders for the shooting, and said that the senator reached out to him shortly after the shooting.