A Nebraska Democratic Party official was fired after he was recorded saying he's glad Republican House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana got shot and wished he was dead (video below).
The June 14 shooting at a Republican congressional team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, left Scalise and four others injured. The 66-year-old presumed shooter was reportedly angry at the election of President Donald Trump.
"His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to [expletive] kick people off [expletive] health care. I'm glad he got shot," said Phil Montag, a technology chairman, in an audio recording that was uploaded onto YouTube on June 22, reports KPTM.
"I wish he was [expletive] dead," Montag added.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb kicked Montag out shortly after the recording became public.
"We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it's comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting," said Kleeb.
"Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left," she added.
After hearing the recording, many conservatives were enraged and blamed liberals for the violent rhetoric.
"The vile, evil, ungodly rhetoric of the left wing has now borne fruit," wrote one person on Conservative Daily's Facebook page. "A group that advocates the assassination of the President every night in Central Park, New York to the applause of the left wing zealots is the cause of this. A gun alone did not do this, it was a progressive driven to insane hatred by his people, the left wing. And they continue to do it…"
"So, I guess when the liberals touted that they were all about love, inclusion, and tolerance, they were lying (no real shock)?" added another. "They are a group filled with hate, rage, bigotry, violence, and intolerance."
"This is so disturbing," chimed in a third. "Anyone in public office who continually uses this kind of language and wants people dead? This isn't the Democratic Party that I grew up with. This is a socialist progressive party that cares really only about themselves and hate and I mean hates anyone who's not on their side."
It's not the first time some have expressed concern over far left rhetoric.
Even experts are increasingly becoming concerned.
"I think we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the left," said Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, reports Vice.
It appears violent rhetoric is a problem plaguing both sides of the political spectrum.
There have been many times individuals from the far right have wished ill upon a Democratic figure, such as those who created dolls representing President Barack Obama hanging from nooses, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Republicans even condemned Trump for supporting violence against his opponents on the left, reports CNN.
WARNING: This video contains graphic language.