Black Dem lawmaker slams NRA rep for saying she was victim of ‘public lynching’ at CNN event

Greg Nash

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) slammed National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Friday after she said she was a victim of a “public lynching” at a CNN town hall earlier this year.

“Lynching represents one of the most horrific, despicable, and racist acts in our nation’s history and to trivialize it by comparing it to a heated town hall is disgusting,” Rush said on Twitter.

{mosads}“Emmett Till would have been 77 years old this year had he not been lynched,” Rush added, referring to the black teenager killed in 1955 after a white woman falsely accused him of whistling and making a sexual advance at her.

The lawmaker was responding to Loesch’s remarks in which she criticized CNN reporter Jim Acosta for being “upset that someone yelled CNN sucks.” The remarks were made in a video featuring Loesch released by liberal group Media Matters for America.

“Jim Acosta is upset that someone yelled CNN sucks,” Loesch said in the video, referring to a crowd at President Trump’s rally on Thursday night that broke out into chants of “CNN sucks” when the president blasted “fake news.”

“Imagine how he would feel if his network set up a public lynching of him as they did of me and [Sen.] Marco Rubio, wherein people called me a murderer and they screamed ‘burn her’ and they rushed the stage and grabbed at me as I left,” Loesch said, referring to a CNN town hall on gun violence she attended shortly after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

During the CNN town hall, the NRA spokeswoman had criticized gun control advocates and blamed the FBI for dropping the ball in preventing mass shooters from obtaining weapons.

“I wonder if Acosta can imagine what it feels like to sum up when his network allows guest after guest day after day to refer to you as a murderer,” Loesch added.

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