Republican Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville sent out a fundraising email on June 14, imploring people to send money because of a shooting involving GOP lawmakers in Virginia that occurred only hours earlier.
Neville tried to link comedian Kathy Griffin, whom he identified as a so-called journalist, to James Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on Republicans who were playing baseball, notes the New York Daily News.
Neville also tried to blame "tolerance-preaching progressives" and the media for Hodgkinson's act. The email did not mention Hodgkinson by name.
After slamming scores of people not connected to the shooting, Neville asked his followers to join him in prayer and donate "$50 or $25 to Colorado Liberty PAC":
Unruly protesters trashing Civic Center Park and clashing with cops in the streets.
Mock beheadings of President Trump by Kathy Griffin.
And now an ASSASSINATION attempt on Republican lawmakers!
The hate-inspired violent rhetoric against conservatives and Republicans was already at an all-time fever pitch before today, but now it just got very real.
The left is out of control. Their violent actions are un-American, and it needs to stop!
Earlier today, a radical anti-trump protester opened fire on Republican staff and lawmakers at a practice for the congressional baseball game in Virginia…
Today’s attack is tantamount to political terrorism aimed at shutting up Conservatives, Republicans, and Americans like you.
Frankly, I lay the blame squarely at the feet of “tolerance-preaching progressives” and their accomplices in the media who allowed violent rhetoric to get so out of control.
I’m talking about so-called “journalists” like Kathy Griffin and other hollywood-elites who incentivize violence against Republicans by staging beheadings and celebrate fictitious assassinations as “artistic expression.”
No wonder why the socialist piece of trash who tried to kill Republican lawmakers today thought his deranged actions were justified…
Here’s what you can do to help:
First, join me in praying for a speedy recovery for Congressman Scalise and the staff and law enforcement who were wounded in today’s attack.
Second, join me in calling on the media to denounce horrific attacks like this and to call for an end to the violent political rhetoric on the left that they’ve inspired.
Finally, if you can, please show us that you’re not backing down by chipping-in $50 or $25 to Colorado Liberty PAC today so we can retake the State House in 2018.
Your contribution today will help us advance our conservative values through passionate and peaceful civil discourse that makes our country great.
Speaking on the topic of the baseball game shooting, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on June 15 that President Donald Trump was "partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed," notes The Hill:
I would argue that the president is at least in partially, not in anyway totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed, whether it’s what I saw at a senior center back home and people saying, "F-you, f-you and f-you," to each other at a retirement center where they’re going to see each other playing croquet the next day.
Again, not with what happened yesterday, but the fact that you have the top guy saying, "I wish I can hit you in the face, and if not why don’t you, and I’ll pay your legal fees." That’s bizarre. We ought to call it as such. Back home some of these people have been frankly weird and different in a town hall meeting, I say, "What is going on?" And they’ll say, "Look, if the guy at the top can say anything to anybody at any time, why can’t I?"