Nebraska Dem Party Official Mocks Republicans After Scalise Shooting: ‘Y Is This so Funny’

Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia

Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia / Getty Images

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The chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party's Black Caucus is resisting pressure to resign after she called Republicans' reactions to the shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) "so funny."

Chelsey Gentry-Tipton of Omaha, Neb. also wrote on Facebook that she was "having a hard time feeling bad" for Republicans, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Both comments were made Wednesday, the day of the shooting in Alexandria, Va. that injured Scalise and four others.

The chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Jane Kleeb, has requested for Gentry-Tipton's resignation.

Gentry-Tipton said "Y is this so funny tho?" in response to a post floating the possibility that the shooter was angry about congressional Republicans' health care proposal.

The screenshots below were captured by Leavenworth St.

Chelsey Gentry-Tipton's comment on a Facebook post

 

Gentry-Tipton then responded to criticism of her first comment by saying that it is "hard to feel bad" for Republicans who use the National Rifle Association to "pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life."

 

More comments on the original Facebook post

 

Nebraska Democrats confirmed from their official Twitter account that Kleeb and other officials asked Gentry-Tipton to resign.

Gentry-Tipton then took to Facebook again to reject calls for her resignation, saying that her comments were taken out of context and accusing her fellow Democrats of trying to undermine her. She also used the post as an opportunity to accuse Democrats of not understanding and reacting promptly to matters that affect the black community, including gun violence, wage inequality, and workplace bigotry.

Gentry-Tipton's Facebook post defending herself

 

The executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party, Kenny Zoeller, also denounced Gentry-Tipton's comments.

"That sort of acceptance of violence is furthering the divide in an already hyper-polarized political environment," he said.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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