Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana blasted a CBS executive that said she had no sympathy for victims of the Las Vegas shooting in an interview with Fox News Tuesday.
In an interview on FNC’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Scalise said that his belief in the Second Amendment was “fortified” even after the attack on him and other Republicans in June.
MacCallum asked Scalise about the CBS News legal executive who “said she had no sympathy for the country music fans because they were most likely gun-toting Republicans.” (RELATED: CBS Legal Exec: No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican’)
She was later fired for the comments.
Scalise answered, saying, “I think that’s disgraceful. I’m glad she was fired, because there’s no place in our society for that kind of hate. I mean that is hate. And no matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, you know, when I tell people, I mean I’m a conservative. I have strong beliefs that go back to when Ronald Reagan inspired me to be a Republican.”
He continued, “Fight passionately for the things you believe in in the ways that our country allows under The Constitution. I mean we’re the best example in the world of a democracy where people actually get to go out and debate freely. Freedom of speech, the ability to fight for your issues at the ballot box or on the House floor during a vote. But that’s the way it should be settled. For people to think that violence is an answer to a political disagreement is wrong.”