Kellyanne Conway blames ‘resistance’ to Trump for Virginia shooting

She says Trump should get credit for being “our healer in chief.”

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A day after Trump referred to the team former FBI Director Robert Mueller has assembled to investigated him as “very bad and conflicted people” and Hillary Clinton as “crooked,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested that overheated Democratic rhetoric is partially responsible for the mass shooting that happened during a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

Trump — who during his young presidency has called the press as “the enemy of the American People,” advocated a health care bill that would leave 23 million people uninsured, and overseen a crackdown on immigration and refugees — should get credit for being “our healer in chief,” Conway said during a Fox & Friends interview on Friday morning.

Asked about the vibe at the congressional baseball game on Thursday night, Conway said “there was a feeling of unity and healing, and I think that was brought about by our leader — President Donald Trump. He’s being a healer in chief, he’s being remarkably wonderful to the entire country, calling for unity, praying for those who have been injured.”

Conway went on to suggest that vocal opposition to the Republican agenda played a role in creating the toxic political climate that inspired James Hodgkinson to go on a shooting rampage that injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others.

“You can oppose policies, but it’s done with such hateful, charged rhetoric that active resistance becomes armed resistance in the case of this lone gunman,” she said.

Guest host Pete Hegseth — who is arguably best known for fear-mongering about American Muslims — then asked Conway, “Do you feel like… amongst [sic] Democrats — Democratic leaders in this country — enough is being done to say, ‘tone is down, stop it, we can’t bring this to the brink?’”

Conway’s answer, unsurprisingly, was no. She cited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comments on Thursday about Republican efforts to blame Democrats for the shooting the day before as “outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect that we would like Congress to command.”

Referring to Pelosi’s comments, Conway said she thinks “some people are unloading their shame and their guilt in the call for toning down the toxicity in the rhetoric.”

A week after Eric Trump called Democrats subhuman, Conway played the victim card on behalf of herself and Republicans.

“If I were shot and killed tomorrow, half of Twitter would explode in applause and excitement,” she said. “It’s terrible because, again, it’s one thing to say I disagree with you on health care repeal, or on taxes, or on your plan for national security, but you can’t attack people personally in a way and think that tragedies like this won’t happen.”

She concluding by making an ominous suggestion about what could happen if the the rhetoric isn’t toned down.

“We don’t want to live in a police state because we can’t get control of people’s rhetoric,” she said.

Despite what Conway thinks, the shooting on Wednesday was quickly, unambiguously, and strongly denounced by prominent Democrats.

While it’s not surprising that Conway — who coined the term “alternative facts” the first weekend of Trump’s presidency in an attempt to justify the administration’s incessant lies — is pulling out all the stops to portray her boss in the most positive light while vilifying his political enemies, more impartial observers like the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush acknowledged the role Trump has played in coarsening political conversation.

Shortly after Conway finished speaking, Trump took to Twitter to smear the “Fake News Media” and Mueller’s “phony Witch Hunt.”

During his presidency, Trump has also called Barack Obama a “bad (or sick) guy,” described the mayor of London’s response to an attack in his city as “pathetic,” and invited Ted Nugent to dinner at the White House, ignoring Nugent’s repeated calls for the deaths of then-President Obama and Hillary Clinton.