New Jersey Democratic Strategist Defends Shooting Republicans

“The GOP must realize that there is a violently hateful streak that’s reaching epidemic proportions within today’s Democratic Party. And their leaders are encouraging it.” – Former Police Counter-Terrorism Unit Member Bettina Lawrence-Tidwell

al qaeda and ISISRepublican Congressman Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and several others were shot during a baseball practice on Wednesday morning at a recreational facility in Alexandria, Virginia. The Republicans were practicing for an upcoming charity congressional baseball game.  There were no democrats present at that time since they had practiced earlier in the morning.

After the shooter — a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker named James T. Hodgkinson — left Rep. Scalise in critical condition and wounded four others including two police officers, a New Jersey Democratic political strategist responded by introducing the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen to his Twitter account: “We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people. Why is it a shock when things turn violent? #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.”

“Devine is the kind of political activist Marx had in mind when he advised: ‘Accuse others of what you do.’ In the Democrats case, they have the full support and help of the majority of news people,” said former police officer and security director Walter Piedmont. “They accused Tea Party demonstrators of being violent when there is no violence while the leftist Democrats actually embrace the use of violence and vitriol,” Piedmont added.

The vitriolic Devine has pursued public office and has been a consultant for numerous New Jersey Democratic campaigns. He also worked in the offices of New Jersey lawmakers.

Devine said on one of his posts: “If you want to invite a class war, then you have to expect people to fight back at some point.”

He also wrote on Facebook that he felt “little sympathy” for Scalise because he doesn’t support gun control and is liked by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other Second Amendment supporters.

Besides Republicans, who have not displayed much outrage, there were some New Jersey Democrats who criticized Devine and told reporters that they did not endorse violence.

Devine has refused to apologize and has continued using the hashtags calling for violent action against Republican officeholders and their supporters.

“I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not engaged in civil discourse,” Devine said on Twitter late Thursday afternoon.

But the Democratic Party rebel-rouser is not as squeaky-clean as he pretends. For example, in 2014 Devine was convicted for shoplifting lettuce, protein powder and hair conditioner.

And the following year, New Jersey election officials charged Devine with almost two-dozen separate election-law violations. The Election Law Enforcement Commission claimed he never reported nearly $79,000 in contributions and more than $70,000 in expenditures involving his Central Jersey Democratic Leadership Committee.

“What’s even more disturbing is the news media pretending to be shocked over the shooting of Rep. Scalise and others, while they trot out their usual Democratic Party hacks such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and other Democratic talking heads.  These are the same people along with Hillary Clinton who have urged their leftist followers to “resist” the Trump administration no matter what the cost,” warned former NYPD police detective Mike Snipes.

Snipes says this latest round of Democratic Party-sponsored violence began when the Obama administration bashed and condemned police officers when they used deadly force on minority suspects. A number of law enforcement officers were killed as a result of the cop-bashing.

It not a giant leap for devotees to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other progressive leaders to transition their violent messages from police to conservative officeholders.




Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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