Scalise: Ocasio-Cortez 'shouldn't condone' supporters who bring up 2017 shooting

Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseDemocrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor Pelosi pulls State of the Union surprise on Trump House GOP blast Pelosi for suggesting State of the Union delay MORE (R-La.) on Monday night said that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction The battle of energy-economic narratives is tainting the Green New Deal Ocasio-Cortez: 'At what point is Fox News obligated to not lie?' MORE (D-N.Y.) "shouldn't condone" her supporters who brought up the 2017 shooting that seriously injured the minority whip in order to berate him online.

"She oughta own up and just say, 'Look this isn’t something that I condone,' " Scalise said on Fox News's "Hannity."

"She doesn’t … own this herself directly, but she shouldn’t condone it either." 


Scalise and Ocasio-Cortez briefly sparred on Twitter over the weekend over the freshman New York lawmaker's call for a 70 percent marginal tax rate on Americans making more than $10 million. Scalise ended the conversation with screenshots of messages from some of Ocasio-Cortez's followers, who called to "snipe his ass" and "kick his cane." 

"Hi @AOC," Scalise wrote on Sunday. "Happy to continue this debate on the Floor of the People’s House, but it’s clearly not productive to engage here with some of your radical followers. #StayClassy." 

Scalise was shot and severely injured during a practice for the charity Congressional Baseball Game in 2017. He required a cane to get around as he recovered. 

"We shouldn’t tolerate either side, our friends or our enemies in a political debate, to encourage or incite violence against another person," Scalise told Sean Hannity on Monday. 

"I’m not offended by words like so many others feign to be, but when it talks about violence, it gets to a line that I think we have a responsibility to call out," Hannity said.

"The First Amendment doesn’t allow you to say 'fire' in a movie theater," Scalise said. "When you incite violence against someone else, that’s not the way we act in this country. If you wanna debate the merits, then go ahead."