WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends this morning, where he called out the FBI’s labeling of the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game shooting as “suicide by cop,” noting that the shooter had a list of Republicans he planned to target. Whip Scalise also criticized the Washington Postfor running a ridiculous hit piece examining whether or not Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) had ancestors who were enslaved. Whip Scalise slammed the Washington Post article, which questioned Senator Scott’s narrative of going from “cotton to Congress,” and was published hours after Senator Scott was chosen to deliver the Republican Party’s response to President Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress.
On the Washington Post’s smear against Senator Tim Scott:
“Tim Scott is a wonderful person [and] a dear friend. But he’s also a rising star, and there’s nothing that scares the left more than a conservative African American leader who’s gaining respect nationally, on his own, not pushing the false narrative of the left but talking about individual opportunity. Tim Scott was the one who authored ‘opportunity zones,’ and I’m sure they will try to fact check that. Go get it. Tim is a wonderful person. The fact that they’re going after him shows how scared the left is of him, and they should be scared of him because he’s a great person and he’s a rising star in our party.”
On the FBI designating the Congressional Baseball Game shooting as “suicide by cop”:
“This was not ‘suicide by cop.’ Anybody who’s studied the police report, who was there on the ball field that day, all of us know what happened. He went to that ball field to target and kill Republicans. He made it clear that was what his intention was, and he actually had a list of Republican Members of Congress in his pocket who he was targeting to kill. And for the FBI to have classified it as that – it’s disturbing, it’s offensive, and it’s inaccurate. And so we’re asking that the FBI correct this record. My colleague Brad Wenstrup was actually in a hearing with the FBI Director last week, FBI Director Wray, who was not the director at the time this happened, and actually, to his credit, Director Wray said he would look into it. So hopefully, we’ll get this fixed because it’s a disservice to police as well to classify it that way.”