According to CBS News’s Scott Pelley, last Wednesday’s attack on a Republican baseball practice was “foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.”
As Fox News reports, Pelley made his remarks on Thursday evening – one day before he ended his run as CBS News’s evening anchor.
“It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted,” Pelley stated, as transcribed by Fox News, which stated that “it’s clear from Pelley’s subsequent commentary that his answers to all three elements are ‘yes.'”
“Too many leaders and political commentators who set an example for us to follow, have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence,” Pelley continued.
“Yesterday was not the first time.”
“In December last year, a man with an assault rifle stormed into a Washington-area pizzeria to free child sex slaves whom Hillary Clinton was holding there – or at least that’s what political blog sites had said. He fired into a locked door to discover no children in chains.”
“Sen. Bernie Sanders has called the president the ‘most dangerous in history.’ The shooter yesterday was a Sanders volunteer.”
“You might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech, and you’d be right. Trouble is, there are a lot of Americans who struggle with mental illness,” Pelley continued, ultimately concluding, “it’s past time for all of us – presidents, presidents, politicians, reporters, citizens, all of us – to pause to think again.”
See Pelley’s full remarks below.
Pelley’s remarks have drawn quite a bit of criticism online.
Call for Scott Pellet to be "FIRED"!
Can't have disgusting propagandists! If this was scripted, fire the writer, networked, fire network!
— Trumpist 2020 (@Screechn_Falcon) June 19, 2017
Hey @ScottPelley…you getting fired from CBS was "to some degree self-inflicted" as well 😏
— flosserelli (@flosserelli) June 19, 2017
This is why people hate the media. How irresponsible can you get???
— David (@No2Progressives) June 19, 2017
Another sick lib.
— 3DOTNEWS (@3DOTNEWS) June 19, 2017
Why ? Because he is a Trump supporter. Pelley is evil to say that.
— Mike (@breckler_4) June 19, 2017
The face of evil sometimes wears a suit and tie.
— CP (@clphalen) June 19, 2017
Until these liberals are affected directly and personally, comments like these will never end… #Fightback
— Ernie Tommasiello (@ernietommasiell) June 19, 2017
This horrific rhetoric comes from a so-called news network. And they wonder why we're on Twitter.
— Darcy Moriarity (@DarcyMoriarity) June 19, 2017
We have to ask if the attack in north London "was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted."
— Aldo Riggio (@aldoriggio) June 19, 2017
I did as he asked and I paused and I thought you know I'm not going to miss him. He is become so left-wing since Trump was elected
— Rick Kinseth (@rkinseth) June 19, 2017
This is a sick display of arrogance, self importance, and delusion. If they report fake news , stop inviting them to news events. Boycott
— Peter (@Peterthepatriot) June 19, 2017