House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLiz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time GOP's embrace of Trump's false claims creates new perils House GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter MORE (R-La.) said Wednesday that Democrats need to denounce violence done in the name of politics, after a man allegedly attempted to stab a GOP congressional candidate in California.
“There’s no place for it. If somebody on the right was doing it, we’d be vocally denouncing it. They need to be denouncing it on the left,” Scalise said on "Fox and Friends."
The assailant in the Tuesday attack allegedly shouted profanities about President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE before attempting to stab Republican Rudy Peters, who is running in the state's 15th District.
Fox News host Ed Henry also brought up recent confrontations between Trump administration critics and officials that have happened in restaurants and other public places. Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Best shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) drew criticism in June for encouraging Americans to continue the confrontations, which the critics call harassment.
“They need to be denouncing that kind of activity,” Scalise said.
“You should not incite violence or any kind of assaulting people based on their political views and especially if it’s somebody who’s working in the administration and you’re attacking them because of what they do and what they believe in," he said. "That’s not what American ideals are about.”
“Leadership on the Democrats’ side needs to stand up and say this is wrong, no matter what your differences with the president or anybody else, you go and you solve them,” Scalise separately told Fox Business Wednesday. “We’re going to have an election in a few weeks, that’s how you resolve it. You don’t resort to violence.”
Scalise added that Democrats “need to be called out” by the mainstream media.
“If you saw this happen on the right, you know where the mainstream media would be,” Scalise said. “The mainstream media needs to be in the same place, calling this out too, and calling on leaders on the Republican and Democrat side to denounce it.”