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‘What Is That?’: Joy Behar Had To Be Reminded Who Was Targeted At Congressional Baseball Shooting

 “The View” host Joy Behar seemed to forget that the 2017 congressional baseball shooting— when a Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois opened fire on a Republican practice for the annual congressional baseball game — almost killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and targeted members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Behar and her co-hosts were discussing politically-motivated violence — in the context of the alleged attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul — and Behar was clearly puzzled when Republican co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin mentioned the shooting.


“What is on the rise is political violence,” Griffin began, adding, “And I want to say unequivocally, political violence — left, right, center — is wrong. To those in my party who are not calling this out directly, shame on you. This is an 82-year-old man, he’s being charged with elderly abuse for what he did.”

“And really quickly, I was working for the Freedom Caucus when the 2017 congressional baseball shooting took place —” Griffin continued, but Behar interrupted.

“What is that?” she asked.

“My bosses were actually targeted at the time —” Griffin continued, only to be interrupted again when co-host Sunny Hostin falsely asserted that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was part of the [House] Freedom Caucus.

“No, it’s actually just House members,” Griffin quickly corrected her, adding, “But Steve Scalise was nearly killed in that shooting.”

Griffin went on to suggest that Democrats had been better about condemning the violence against Republicans than Republicans were about condemning the violence against Paul Pelosi — but she left out the fact that, while Republicans did not blame that shooting on all elected Democrats and even Democratic voters, media figures and even President Joe Biden had been quick to blame all Republicans and their rhetoric for the attack on Paul Pelosi.

“The difference is every Democrat roundly condemned it and they rooted for his recovery,” she said. “What is happening, we should be ashamed of. The fact that we can’t unequivocally call out wrongdoing, this is — I fear it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I pray that that is wrong, but, I mean, our thoughts and prayers are with Pelosi.”

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