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GOP Congressman Blames Democrats’ Anti-Trump Rhetoric for Shooting of Republican Whip Steve Scalise (Audio)

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‘I Can Only Hope the Democrats Tone Down the Rhetoric’

Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Collins of New York is blaming rhetoric from Democrats against President Donald Trump for Wednesday morning’s shooting of GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the third most-powerful House Republican. 

Falsely calling himself “the most-visible Trump supporter in Washington” – Collins was the first congressional Republican to announce support for Trump, and likes to appear on cable news shows to defend the President, regardless of the veracity of his remarks – the Western New York Rep. went on the attack Democrats.

“I can only hope the Democrats tone down the rhetoric,” Collins told radio station WBEN. “The rhetoric has been outrageous, of the finger-pointing, just the tone, and the angsts, and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters,” Collins insisted.

He said that rhetoric “fuels the fires,” adding, “I can only hope maybe there’s something here that would say, ‘tone down the rhetoric.'”

In addition to being the first GOP Congressman to support trump, Collins is also a big proponent of Trump’s health care bill, likely because he is also the “biggest health stockholder in Congress,” according to a report in one of his local newspapers.

But there’s more.

“Collins is the largest shareholder in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a small Australian biotech company, and a member of the company’s board. And he’s been happily talking up the stock to his congressional colleagues,” HuffPost reports.

As far as toning down the rhetoric, Collins should consider heeding his own advice.

In January Collins accused Democrats of “wallowing in their sorrow” over Hillary Clinton’s loss, saying they “can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump won.”

He accused civil rights icon, Democratic Rep. John Lewis, of “pouting.”

“He lost, it’s like a spoiled child, and we’ve seen it with the others, they can’t get over the fact that they lost, and what do spoiled little kids do? They run around and throw a tantrum,” Collins said.

“That’s what we’re seeing there, they are pouting, and frankly, it’s somewhat enjoyable, to watch, because it shows you again how upset they are, and when they were so smug when they left Congress, knowing that Hillary Clinton was going to win.”

When President Trump was considering Mitt Romney as Secretary of State, Collins weighed in, calling the former GOP presidential nominee “a ‘self-serving egomaniac,’ a ‘loser,’ and a ‘lone wolf’ who might not be able to follow instructions,” the Washington Times reported.

Last summer he falsely claimed Hillary Clinton “has already said she’s going to wipe out the Second Amendment. She doesn’t believe in the First Amendment. And, she also believes in big government, which flies in the face of the 10th Amendment”

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The Buffalo News reports in 2009, Collins “saw his dreams of winning the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination disappear after he compared Sheldon Silver, then the Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly, to Hitler and said Silver may be the anti-Christ. Collins later apologized for the comparison.”

Remember, Collins says Democrats should “tone down the rhetoric.”

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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'WHAT REAL JOURNALISM LOOKS LIKE'

Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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