By Randy Economy
I had the honor of meeting Representative Steve Scalise during the 2016 Republican Party Convention in Cleveland when I was a delegate from California representing then candidate Donald J. Trump.
He was humble, a real gentleman and someone who had great hope for America’s future. I normally cannot stand an overwhelming majority of politicians that I cross paths with. Steve Scalise left a mark in my mind that he is different, someone you can trust. A Southern Gentleman. Kind. Unassuming.
Today, when I heard the news that he had been shot with several others who were practicing for the Congressional Softball Game in Alexandria, Virginia, my heart sunk.
I started get text messages from friends, including a few from John Phillips who is a radio talk show host here in Los Angeles and a Contributor to CNN. John was stunned. So was the world. This was a nightmare, but it was once again another wake up call for those on the far left and crazy right. John is a voice of reason on CNN. Today, I could not watch Anderson Cooper, John King, Jake Taper and Don Lemon. Enough.
We can no longer allow media outlets to define how people think here in America. Enough.
We can no longer allow our Democracy to be held hostage from lunatics like today’s shooter. I am not even going to mention his name. Enough.
I want civility back in our media. I want real journalists to report the news as it happens instead of “talking head personalities” who are paid millions of dollars each year. Enough.
I want people who appear on CNN and other cable outlets who declare themselves as being “experts” and “political consultants” to get the hell off of the airwaves. Enough.
Here is an update from the Congressman’s office: Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations. We will provide periodic updates.”
I pray for sanity. I pray.