Conservatives on social media and on Capitol Hill are pointing out President Biden’s impassioned rhetoric following a murder in North Dakota that left a teenager dead over a reported political disagreement.
Cayler Ellingson, 18, was kill him Sunday in North Dakota after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly ran him over with his car following a political dispute and said he thought Ellingson was a “Republican extremist”, according to court documents.
In recent days, conservatives on social media have pointed the finger at a recent speech by President Biden suggesting that former President Trump’s supporters represent “extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
“Words can have violent consequences,” said Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, who was the victim of political violence with his wife outside of the Republican National Convention in 2020, Fox News Digital said in a statement. “President Biden needs to realize that his vilification of his opponents is inciting some of his supporters to violence. As a victim of political violence, both sides need to recognize the consequences of impassioned rhetoric.”
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“An 18-year-old was executed in cold blood by a Democratic political terrorist because of rhetoric like this,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said on Twitter along with a video of Biden calling Trump supporters “extreme”. “The Democrats want the Republicans dead, and they’ve already started the killings. The political war of Democrats against American patriots must end!”
“Victim’s name is Cayler Ellingson,” Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak tweeted. “He’s like Heather Heyer, the left-winger murdered by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville. Except the man who drove Ellingson did it after @JoeBiden incited Democrat hatred, and the press will never ask Biden to disavow.”
“.@GOPLader should promise to open a congressional investigation into Joe Biden if Republicans regain the House over Biden inciting violence in his Sept. 1 speech that led Shannon Brandt to confess he killed Calyer [sic] Ellingson just because he’s a Republican,” Trump’s former legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted.
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“Joe Biden called MAGA Republicans a threat to this country,” Kansas Republican Senator Roger Marshall tweeted. “Now an 18-year-old man has been murdered for his political beliefs. It’s so wrong. I pray for this young man and his family.”
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who faced political violence when he was shot during practice for the 2017 Congressional baseball game, told Fox News Digital that Biden should condemn the “tragic” example of “leftist violence”. “
“People of all parties should condemn political violence when it occurs, and I would encourage President Biden and other Democratic leaders to also condemn this heinous act,” Scalise said.
In a statement to Fox News Digital responding to Paul and Scalise’s statements, Biden’s White House said it condemns political violence.
“As the president has made clear, this is a nation that rejects violence as a political tool and we do not encourage violence,” a White House spokesperson said. “It has no place in our political discourse and we condemn it.”
The White House also highlighted an excerpt from Biden’s speech Philadelphia Speech where he said, “There is no place for political violence in America. Period. None. Ever.”