Joy Reid: ‘Ridicu­lous’ to link vi­o­lent art to vi­o­lent acts

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

MSNBC’s Joy Reid says it is “ridicu­lous” to claim that ul­tra­vi­o­lent art de­pict­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump may have in­flu­enced the po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist who shot at con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans Wed­nes­day.

Rep. Steve Scalise and at least four oth­ers were hos­pi­tal­ized in Alexandria, Vir­ginia, af­ter a base­ball field ram­page by 66-year-old gun­man James Hodgkin­son. Ms. Reid of “AM Joy” told her 652,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers that Hodgkin­son, a for­mer vol­un­teer for Ver­mont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ failed pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, could not have been swayed by a New York Shake­speare in the Park pro­duc­tion de­pict­ing Julius Cae­sar as Mr. Trump.

“Peo­ple blam­ing the Vir­ginia shoot­ing on Shake­speare (but not easy gun ac­cess) have got to be the most ridicu­lous peo­ple on earth,” she wrote.

Hodgkin­son’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts were filled with anti-Trump mes­sages, in­clud­ing one that read: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has de­stroyed our democ­racy. It’s time to de­stroy Trump & Co.”

Mem­bers of a Face­book page he be­longed to, “Ter­mi­nate the Repub­li­can Party,” also cel­e­brated the shoot­ing, although the post was quickly deleted by the site moder­a­tor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.