Many on social media responded to the article in The Hill with remarks like, "Her name was Heather Heyer," and "Heather Heyer was literally killed by pro-Trump Nazis."
Heyer was a 32-year old liberal activist protesting neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year. A Neo-Nazi ran over her with his car. He was charged with federal hate crimes and first degree murder.
Some on social media noted Tea Party Republican Senator Paul (R-KY), who has recently moved dramatically to the right and embraced both President Trump and Russia, was silent about political violence during the height of the Tea Party.
1. Someone did. Heather Heyer. In Charlottesville. By a Trump supporter.
2. Maybe you shoulda worried about this in 2010 when your Tea Party supporters showed up en masse to Democratic town halls brandishing loaded weapons. https://t.co/J5xzzLYSEq
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) October 10, 2018
Some pointed to President Donald Trump as the real cause of the current political climate, noting Sen. Paul's inaction:
Her name was Heather Heyer.
Since then you, and the rest of the GOP have sat by silently while Trump has continued to foster the current political climate, and destroy any unity we had in the United States.
Time to do something yet? https://t.co/oDyqHwxANQ
— lisastark35 (@lisastark351) October 10, 2018
Others made it clear the GOP is to blame:
@RandPaul someone already has. Her name was Heather Heyer.
Remember these guys? You should, this is your party. pic.twitter.com/OO2xOgxS9w
— Jamie 🐱🛸🎃🌊 (@Jamie1074) October 10, 2018
And some, mentioning this tweet, noted Senator Paul himself is not blameless:
.@Judgenap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It's not to shoot deer. It's to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 23, 2016
Going to be? Heather Heyer. https://t.co/ndBNKISZmD
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 10, 2018
Heather Heyer, asshole. https://t.co/5eyUU5o5Xh
— Holly Fιɢυeroα O'Reιlly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 10, 2018
Someone was already killed: her name was Heather Heyer. She was killed by a Trump supporting Nazi in Charlottesville. https://t.co/ZSESLY39x2
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 10, 2018
Her name was Heather Heyer and she was killed by a white supremacist. https://t.co/QXJQWjrARf
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) October 10, 2018
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) October 10, 2018
Others expanded the list of those killed because of the political climate to include "all those mass shooting victims, and so very many black victims of police violence."
Heather Heyer, all those mass shooting victims, and so very many black victims of police violence.
So it's happened.
— Jessica C. Stark 🌀🎃 (@yesica) October 10, 2018
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