Scott Pelley: Scalise Shooting Was “Predictable & To Some Degree Self-Inflicted”

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.

According to CBS News, Pelley will be moving on to work with 60 Minutes full time.

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  1. James Lipton

    June 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Cool. Is he willing to visit Scalise in the hospital and say “Hey, buddy. This is kind of on you.”
    Oh, and also have Gianforte in the room on standby to bodyslam the asshole?

  2. disqus_Aa7kWsb7Fp

    June 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    There comes a time when even the most reticent will fight back and the left are becoming painfully aware that they either pull back or run away before people stand up to their bullying

  3. NoTreading

    June 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Look up HR 436. Effectively stalled when Scalise was shot.

  4. DaisyToo

    June 19, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Remember Obama’s “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring guns ..”? And Pelley said nothing?

  5. rwg1949yt .

    June 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    the rape of the woman in a mini skirt was predictable and to some degree self-inflicted.

    • fugly

      June 20, 2017 at 2:56 am

      Apparently so. I guess violence is hip again.

    • Isa Guy

      June 20, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Leftists are emotion-based rapists.

  6. Pearlbuck

    June 19, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    He seems to be directing some criticism at Sanders here, right?
    “Sen. Bernie Sanders has called the president the ‘most dangerous in history.’ The shooter yesterday was a Sanders volunteer.”

    • Mitch Beck

      June 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Yes, he’s pointing the finger at BOTH sides and it deserves to be pointed at both sides. I would agree the left is doing FAR more than the right, but there are some on the right, where I am politically, that have said some really appalling things too. It has to all stop. I want desperately to #MAGA, but it won’t happen if we tear ourselves apart with hate speech.

  7. Agent 99

    June 20, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Maybe Pelley’s leaving CBS Evening Snooze was self-inflicted.

  8. Isa Guy

    June 20, 2017 at 7:21 am

    So, using Pelley’s logic, if some deranged person targets the MSM, perhaps himself, at some event, then they brought it on themselves.

    Right up there with blaming the victim of rape because of the way she dresses or wore her makeup.

    Yep…don’t blame the perpetrator…blame the victim if they don’t have the same lockstep ideology. Typical of Leftists.


  9. Mitch Beck

    June 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I am as conservative as they come and have been arguing for conservative principles for a LONG time. The “self-inflicted” comment Pelley was making is NOT about the Scalise shooting directly. What he was doing was making a “generalization.” I LOVE Milo, but this is taking it out of context and twisting his words and is NOT right. Our political rhetoric is 100% out of hand. The amount of hate and anger flowing from BOTH sides is horrendous and is leading us down a VERY dangerous path. As a conservative, I have argued for a long time that we need to not just shout names and labels past each other, but sit and talk and LISTEN to each other and work on common ground. The Democrats have been saying some truly HEINOUS things about our POTUS and Republicans and conservatives and it has to stop. Bernie Sanders has been on the point in saying the most outrageous stuff. But then the far left has been right there with him. Conversely, I’ve seen conservatives who I respect and admire say some REALLY awful stuff too.

    I think Pelley made some great points in this commentary. There are lunatics out there and they do NOT possess the ability to distinguish between the rhetoric and reality and we have a responsibility to each other to keep America Safe. IF we do that, and we start talking and working together, we WILL #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. #MAGA #LoveOurPOTUS

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