Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway came under blistering criticism after she pushed an uncorroborated statement by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) that the alleged gunman asked “is this a team of Republicans or Democrats practicing?”
GOP Whip Steve Scalise and four others, including two Capitol police officers, were shot during an early morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 14, 2017
SC Rep. Jeff Duncan says he believes he talked to shooter in Alexandria. Man asked, "Is this a team of republicans or democrats practicing?"
— Rachelle Spence (@Rachelle7NEWS) June 14, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said the shooter was wearing jeans, while Duncan said the man who posed the question to him was wearing running clothes.
It is very irresponsible for Kellyanne Conway to spin this tragedy as a partisan matter, especially since the police have not issued any statements corroborating Duncan’s claims. There is no proof that the shooter is the same guy Duncan encountered. But as usual, Ms. Conway is peddling alternative facts, such as the fictional Bowling Green Massacre.
Reaction on Twitter:
This is WHOLLY irresponsible for a WH advisor to push around. Before police make any declarative statement on motive, she's pushing this. https://t.co/PsNZYPNhJk
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) June 14, 2017
What the fuck is wrong with you? https://t.co/7aAaoLWjFr
— Jeff (@RustCohle21) June 14, 2017
— Amanda Spain (@AmandaSpainTX) June 14, 2017
You continue to be brainless and despicable https://t.co/SBkYOSu4q4
— Akinwumi j Oyebade (@oyebee) June 14, 2017
"Believes." So he's not sure. Also, the police said it's too early to assign a motive, so you might want to slow your roll. https://t.co/dx5P6QrZAI
— A Little Royal (@alittlebitroyal) June 14, 2017
— Cheryl Rice🗽 (@CherylRice) June 14, 2017
— Lisa Baumert (@lisasuebaumert) June 14, 2017
— Sandon Jacobs (@SandonLeeJacobs) June 14, 2017
There is no evidence so far that this was the same guy. https://t.co/aoNWo3ZWHn
— Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) June 14, 2017
— Dave Cooke (@davecooke05) June 14, 2017
— Micah Kellner (@MicahKellner) June 14, 2017