Steve Scalise shoot: Political ‘intensity’ to town halls and beyond have been rising for months

The shooting on Wednesday of house majority whip Steve Scalise and four others came as a shock to the nation.

But to an extent, it is also the last — and by far the most violent — expression of hostility in American politics. The suspect was a Bernie Sanders supporter with deep anti-Trump views.

The legislators later said that hateful rhetoric is cooling on the rise, on both sides, and must.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that in the age of trump, it is particularly pronounced on the left: “The intensity on the left side is very real,” he told Fox News.

No matter the cause or the culprit, there is no denying that the intensity has built up, especially since last year’s presidential election:

3. June – Democratic Congressional Candidate Kim Weber, Iowa

Weaver dropped out of the congressional race against rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“In the beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have threats of very serious acts of intimidation, including murder,” she said in a Facebook post. “While some may say persistent threats is only a part of the design for the office, my personal safety is increasingly a concern.”

Weaver also wrote about other concerns, including that her mother is “experienced lasting health problems.”

May 20 – Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, City Hall, Houston, Texas

Green played recordings of the threatening messages he received after the call from President Donald Trump, the prosecution, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“You ain’ T going to accuse nobody,” said someone in a recording. “Try it, and we will lynch you all.”

“You can not allow to hide that hatred. You make hate. Hatred is a means by which people can be injured,” said Green. “It is an evil. The best way to expose evil.”

May 10 – Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N. J., City Hall, Willingboro, New Jersey

The politicians faced, the town hall participants are upset that a law passed bill repealing Obamacare repeal in the house.

“They were the biggest threat to my family in the whole world,” participants Geoff Ginter MacArthur said. “You are the reason why I stay up in the night. You are the reason that I can’t sleep.”

The New Jersey Congressman was a “liar”, the people in the town hall.

6. May – Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY, town hall, Busti, New York

The legislator, a supporter of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was booed, during the event, according to The Post-Journal. “Repealed and Replaced Tom Reed,” read a sign.

5. May, rep Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, city hall, Lewiston, Idaho

Labrador was loudly booed heavily after you said that no one dies because of not having health care. A woman told Labrador he was “a duty to die for people on Medicaid to accept.”

“No one wants any of said die someone,” the legislator. “You know, this is untenable. No one dies because they lack access to health care.”

“In a prolonged exchange with a constituent, I explained to her that Obamacare has failed the vast majority of Americans,” Labrador, later said in a Facebook statement. “In the five-second clip that the media focuses on, which I tried to explain that all hospitals are required by law, patients treated in emergency care, regardless of their ability to pay, and that the Republican plan will not change.”

1. May – the day of the arrests


Police found more than 40 nationwide, when tens of thousands protested against President Trump policy.

27. April appearance, took after Ann Coulter cancels Berkeley, California


The people came out to protest Coulter cancelled appearance at the University of California-Berkeley. Six people were arrested — one for obstructing an officer and a mask to wear in order to evade the police and the other for a knife, according to police.

17. April – DNC chair Tom Perez, Unity Tour stop, Portland, Maine

Tom Perez, the new Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), had whistled his name, during an attack on a unity tour with sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Claire Cummings with the Maine young Democrats, spoke about why the participants can come to the event.

“Maybe it’s because you offered a certain senator from Vermont love you.” There were cheers, followed by the chanting of “Bernie.”

“Maybe you came because you are curious, the new DNC Chairman, and the future of democracy,” she said later. There were Boos and cheers.

17. April – Sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., town hall, San Francisco, California

The democratic senator was the subject of boos at a town hall event, where the mass of the audience supported, apparently, to her, the Mercury News reported.

Boos took place, as you said, you “was there” on single-payer health care and not against the President’s missile strikes on Syria, the report said.

“You’re pretty good shout… you can sit here and pound their fists, and I can show you what I’ve done,” she said of the protesters at one point during the event.

April 15 – 20 people arrested in Berkeley, California


The police at least 20 arrests in the Californian city. Trump supporters had announced plans to hold a “Patriot Day” event at noon, with speeches from members of the alt-right. Counter-demonstrators followed that with the announcement of plans for a 10 a.m. rally at the same place.

The officials set up a makeshift barrier made of plastic orange rods, orange fence mesh, separate the sides, but that came down after the protesters began to hit and kick each other, while pepper spray and fireworks flew into the crowd.

31. March – Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Town Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah

More than 1,000 people booed Stewart in a town hall when he defends GOP positions in the health care, public lands and immigration.

The audience screamed, “do your job”, asking him to investigate and condemn the alleged links between the President of Donald Trump’s campaign, and Russia and the new government to account.

Stewart began the event to a high school through the recognition that many voices in the crowd, probably for him, but he said he thinks it is still important to listen to you — one of the few remarks which he made, received a round of applause.

4. March – 10 people arrested in Berkeley, California

“4. March trump” rallies in support of the President were held in parts of the United States, Berkeley police said 10 people were arrested after Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators clashed during a rally, the violence, hurt and left seven people. None of the injured were hospitalized.

Elsewhere there were arrests in St. Paul, Minn., Olympia, Wash., and in Nashville.

23. February – Protest in front of the office of the Republic of Dave R Reichert, Wash., Issaquah, Washington

“Hundreds” of people requested, town hall meetings, the Congressman said, Reichert he held after the shooting, ” Rep. Gabby Giffords, Q13 Fox reported. Protesters, however, demanded for Reichert to “come.”

21. February – Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., The Town Hall, Clermont, Florida

Ross was not booed at the event, where people held signs reading “Boo” and “the voice,” says the AP.

21. February – Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., Event, Inverness, Florida

Webster faced a rough reception at a meet-and-greet, where he was reportedly heckled.

“This office is open to all who are here, and we will help you in every possible way,” he said, before he said to boos, the AP. He needed not to ask.

21. February – Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lunch, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Protesters held signs outside the event. McConnell deflected a number of questions to the lunch, and received boos on his way out, McClatchy reported.

Several other GOP politicians also had events on this day, where you hoot with the masses.

11. February – Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Town Hall, Land O’Lakes, Florida

More than 100 people came for the Land O’Lakes event, in the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare were discussed, Fox 13 reported, which described the amount as “heated”.

Bilirakis earlier components faced angry a 4. February Town Hall.

9. February – Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, The City Hall, Cottonwood Heights, Utah


Chaffetz was met by frequent, deafening Boos at a town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from the investigation, President Trump’s tax returns to planned Parenthood.

He said repeatedly, “hold on” and “give me a second”, how the audience reacts negatively to almost all his statements.

Hundreds of people stood outside the hall with signs and chants of, “the voice of him,” while a woman was arrested.

4. February – Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., City hall, Roseville, CA

McClintock was constantly interrupted and jeered as he defended the Republican party on the national agenda during the event in a theatre.

Hundreds of protesters stood outside singing “the voice of him,” while those in the theater held up signs reading “Resist,” “Dump Tom McTrump” and “climate change is real.”

McClintock will be escorted by police after his one-hour event. The protesters who followed him, shouting “shame on you!”

2. February – Eleven people arrested in protest over Gavin McInnes appearance at NYU, New York, NY

Protesters, who have come against a planned lecture by McInnes, a conservative comedian in the school in New York City. Protesters clashed with both law enforcement authorities and McInnes trailer, according to Reuters.

1. February – Violent protest over planned Milo Yiannopoulos lecture at the University of California-Berkeley


Yiannopoulous, then a Breitbart-News-editor to speak at the University. However, more than 1,500 demonstrators showed up outside, where the talk was going, whereupon it will be cancelled by the school.

A small group broke Windows, threw smoke bombs and flares, and started a fire.

“This was a group of agitators who were masked, throw stones, commercial fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers,” UC Berkeley police chief Margo Bennet said.

13. January – Milo Yiannopoulos and Martin Shkreli talk cancelled University of California-Davis

Talk to the two men, which were cancelled after violent protests at the California school.

What about the entertainment and celebrity rhetoric?


Pop culture wasn’t sure of the controversy.

A recent Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in a trump-esque Caesar stabbed brutally, prompted the outrage and the loss of funding from the Delta and the Bank of America. The Public theatre production.

Comedian Kathy Griffin’s show recently, the waves for a photo that appeared to her, holding the bloody, decapitated head of the President. She apologized at the end of last month.

In March, rapper Snoop Dogg waves made for a music video in which he shot a clown that looked like the President.

While at the women’s March in Washington in January, pop-star Madonna also commented, “yeah, I’ve thought a lot about the blowing up of the White house. But I don’t know that the to change anything.” She later said in an Instagram post that she “spoke as a metaphor.”

While the 2016 election, made a video for a voting-showed up campaign, in which actor Robert De Niro said he wanted to Trumpf punch.

“He speaks, like he wants to punch people in the face?” De Niro says in the clip. “Well, I punch him in the face.”

De Niro doubled later, down on his remarks in a February appearance on The view.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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