A political writer who has published articles with The Washington Post and the New Republic sparked outrage when he tweeted a joke about the congressional baseball shooting.
Four people -- including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise -- were shot when James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on Republican congressmen as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson was eventually killed in a shootout with police.
As news broke about the shooting, writer Malcolm Harris made a joke on Twitter implying that Hodgkinson may have been acting in self-defense.
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"If the shooter has a serious health condition then is taking potshots at the GOP House leadership considered self-defense?" he wrote, according to Twitchy.
Numerous internet users were quick to denounce Harris' tweet as "sad" and "sick."
"Is this really the kind of person that you are? That is sad," wrote one user.
"What is your problem," wrote another. "People were shot today and you make a sick comment about it."
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Someone else tweeted: "Wow, you are a shockingly terrible person."
Amid the backlash, Harris doubled down on his first tweet.
"Nope nope nope you can't use 'respect for human life' to defend GOP House leadership," he wrote. "That's just bad math."
When it was reported that Scalise was recovering from his injuries in the hospital, Harris tweeted another joke in which he appeared to wish death upon the GOP congressman.
"Hearing 'David Duke without the baggage' Steve Scalise is [in stable condition], but a lot of Americans die from hospital errors so keep crossing your fingers," he wrote.
The Daily Caller reports that Harris published an article in The Washington Post on June 9. He also wrote an article for the New Republic in August 2016. He reportedly authored a book called "Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials." Little, Brown and Company is said to be the publisher, although The Daily Caller could not verify that this is true.
At one point, Harris allegedly wrote in his Twitter bio that he was a staff writer for Vox. The website was quick to distance itself from Harris, stating on Twitter that he has never been connected to their company.
"Malcolm Harris is not and has not ever been associated with Vox," they wrote. "We're actively working to get this corrected."
In a tweet directed at Harris, Vox wrote: "Malcolm, as you are not and have never been an employee of ours, please remove our handle from your bio."
"Woah, sorry about that folks!" Harris replied, according to the Gateway Pundit. "[Obviously] a typo, fixed now."
As of June 15, Harris has not taken down any of the controversial tweets about the shooting.