MSNBC’s Reid says shoot­ing no rea­son not to at­tack Scalise

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MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid said that hop­ing for House Ma­jor­ity Whip Steve Scalise’s re­cov­ery is a “del­i­cate thing” be­cause of his con­ser­va­tive views on mar­riage, health care and gun rights.

“And a lot of peo­ple at least in my Twit­ter time­line — and it’s a del­i­cate thing, be­cause ob­vi­ously ev­ery­body is wish­ing the con­gress­man well and hop­ing he re­cov­ers — but Steve Scalise has a his­tory that we’ve all been forced to sort of ig­nore on race,” Ms. Reid said Satur­day on “AM Joy.”

She pointed to Mr. Scalise’s sup­port for a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to de­fine mar­riage as the union of a man and a woman, his vote in fa­vor of the Oba­macare re­peal bill, and his co-spon­sor­ship of bill to re­peal the ban on semi-au­to­matic weapons.

“Be­cause he is in jeop­ardy and ev­ery­body is pulling for him, are we re­quired in a moral sense to put that aside at the mo­ment?” she said.

Ms. Reid had noted on Twit­ter that check­ing the de­mo­graphic boxes for po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness meant Mr. Scalise must re­think (in her opin­ion) his stances.

“Scalise was shot by a white man with a vi­o­lent back­ground, and saved by a black les­bian po­lice of­fi­cer, and yet …” she wrote.

Doc­tors upgraded Mr. Scalise’s con­di­tion from “crit­i­cal” to “se­ri­ous” on Sun­day, but said he will have to un­dergo ad­di­tional pro­ce­dures to treat dam­age to in­ter­nal or­gans and bro­ken bones. the re­ports that there will be no pub­lic hear­ings on your pro­posed changes to the Amer­i­can health care sys­tem.”

Many of the Democrats’ ideas to “fix” Oba­macare’s prob­lems in­volve a larger fed­eral foot­print in health care, such as more gen­er­ous sub­si­dies or a gov­ern­ment-run “pub­lic op­tion” plan — things Repub­li­cans have de­rided as “more Oba­macare.”

“Other than a gov­ern­ment-run, sin­gle­payer sys­tem, we’ve yet to see any pro­pos­als from our friends across the aisle,” McCon­nell spokesman Don­ald Stewart said. “A good start­ing point for dis­cus­sions would in­stead be for our friends to pro­pose ideas on how they can help us res­cue Amer­i­cans from the con­se­quences of Oba­macare.”

Though Democrats are un­likely to aban­don the pro­gram, Mr. Stewart said Mr. Schumer’s let­ter ap­peared to ac­knowl­edge Oba­macare’s prob­lems and did not say any­thing about tak­ing re­peal off the ta­ble, as pre­vi­ous Demo­cratic ne­go­ti­at­ing of­fers have called a nec­es­sary pre­con­di­tion.

“Now that Oba­macare is con­tin­u­ing to im­plode, they’ve ap­par­ently dropped that pre­con­di­tion for dis­cus­sions,” he said. “I can only as­sume this means they are now open to re­peal — that is a great first step.” re­signed from more than 560 po­si­tions — many of them a day be­fore his in­au­gu­ra­tion as pres­i­dent on Jan. 20. He listed at least $315 mil­lion in li­a­bil­i­ties, about the same as the pre­vi­ous year.

“Pres­i­dent Trump wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­tar­ily file his per­sonal fi­nan­cial disclosure form,” said White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer, who noted that no report was due un­til May 2018. “It has been cer­ti­fied by the Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Ethics pur­suant to its nor­mal pro­ce­dures.”

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