On Wednesday morning, the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA), shook Washington D.C. Two Capitol Hill police officers were also wounded in the shooting. The gunman has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle delivered heartfelt speeches, sending prayers to those injured in the shooting. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said “you may not know this but every time I pray, which is frequently, I pray for all of you.” Later, Bernie Sanders declared “I condemn this in the strongest possible way.”
And there were a number of stories of heartfelt kindness out of Washington, like the moment that a kind stranger dropped off Gatorade and Chick-Fil-A for police officers still at the scene. In the senate buildings, congress members were in tears, still wearing baseball jerseys, as they weaved between reporters.
But not all the reactions were so unified, on the far-left corners of the internet, heartless cruelty abounded. Instead of condemning the situation, some social media members chose to point out that Scalise spoke to White Supremacists in 2002 –though Scalise said he didn’t know who the group was.
Twitter user Malcolm Harris, whose Twitter bio claimed that he was with Vox sent out a tweet poking a joke at the moment.
Unsurprisingly, the tweet backfired and he quickly changed his bio to read “NOT a full-time employee at @voxdotcom.” But Vox had its hands full on Twitter as they repeatedly disavowed Harris.
Some on Twitter, including an account with 2,033 followers claiming to be the “Official Antifa” page were downright evil.