A Nebraska Democratic Party official is facing calls to step down after she appeared to mock grieving Congress members following Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, chairwoman of the party’s Black Caucus, wrote in a Facebook thread about the shooting, “Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho?” according to the Omaha World-Herald.
She reportedly wrote later in the same thread: “Hard to be empathetic towards those that have no empathy for us. The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition after he was shot by a leftist gunman in an attempted assassination of Republicans at a congressional baseball practice. A congressional staffer, a lobbyist and two Capitol police officers were also injured. The suspect died following a shootout with police.